Encino (Calif.) Crespi defensive end Hroniss Grasu (6-4, 255) has been one of the more decorated linemen on both sides of the ball the past two seasons.
An all-state selection as a sophomore and junior, Grasu has been an anchor on both lines for the Celts.
But Grasu has been getting the most attention from colleges as a defensive end.
“My coach, Jeremiah Ross, said I was an offensive lineman before this last year, but not anymore, he knows I’m a defensive linemen,” said Grasu.
While he’s waiting for his first offer, several schools have been in contact with Grasu.
“Arizona, USC, UCLA, Washington State and Notre Dame are the schools I’ve been hearing a lot from,” said Grasu. I went out to Arizona this last weekend and it was great. The campus really surprised me and the locker room was amazing. I got to watch a little spring scrimmage and see some of my former teammates there.”
In March, Grasu attended UCLA’s Junior Day and he’ll be heading up to Washington State for the Cougars’ Junior Day this spring.
“UCLA’s Junior Day was amazing. That is the nicest campus I’ve been to. I spent a lot of time with Coach (Chuck) Bullough and Coach (Todd) Howard,” said Grasu. “Washington State, my brother is up there (Nico, the Cougars kicker), and I’ve visited him but when I go up there next, it’s for their Junior Day."
Grasu said that numerous schools have told him this spring they’ll be coming by the Crespi campus.
“Pretty much every school says they want to come see my practice, that they want to see me first then they’ll think about offering,” said Grasu.
Notre Dame is another one of those, with Notre Dame assistant coach Brian Polian in contact with Grasu regularly. “I just called Coach Polian last week and he said he was going to visit in the spring and they’d like me to come out there, so I think I’m going to try and get out there in May,” said Grasu.
For now, Grasu said that USC, UCLA, Notre Dame, Arizona, WSU, Tennessee and Oregon lead for him.
Grasu said he’ll be at numerous camps this spring, taking in team camps at USC, UCLA, Arizona and Washington State, as well as the Los Angeles Scout.com Combine and L.A. Nike Camp.
Academically, he has a 3.4 GPA and will be taking the SAT on May 2nd.