Oregon offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu, a redshirt junior from Crespi High School (Los Angeles, California), enters his fourth season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Grasu was a starter on the offensive and defensive line for head coach Jeremiah Ross and was teammates with former Ducks back-up quarterback Bryan Bennett. Grasu earned first-team All-State honors as a sophomore and continued to get better from there. He earned 2008 All-Serra League selection and as a senior was named first-team all-area on offense by the Los Angeles Daily News.
Grasu was a consensus three-star prospect by the major recruiting sites. Scout listed Grasu as the No. 9 center in the 2010 class, Rivals the No. 12 center and ESPN and had him as the No. 108 defensive end. Grasu had offers from Nevada, UNLV, Washington, Washington State, Wyoming and several other Division-1 programs before eventually signing with the Ducks.
In 2010, Grasu spent his initial season in Eugene as a redshirt while helping out on the scout team.
In 2011, Grasu was part of a heated battle for the starting center job, a battle he eventually won. After starting against LSU in Jerry’s World for the season opener, Grasu went on to hold the job for all 14 games.
In 2012, Grasu started all 13 games for the Ducks, the only offensive lineman to start every game the last two seasons. He was named to the Remington Trophy watch list, which goes to the nation’s best center, along with numerous other honors. His other honors included:
- 3rd Team All-American (CBS Sports)
- 4th Team All-American (Phil Steele)
- 1st Team All-Pac-12 (Pac-12 Coaches, ESPN)
- Moshofsky Trophy (Team’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman)
- Todd Doxey Award (Team Honor)
Going into the 2013 season, Grasu will be starting for the third straight season and has been named to numerous preseason watchlists including the Remington, Phil Steele and more.
It’s unclear whether or not Grasu will declare early for the NFL Draft, but he certainly has the skills and experience to make the early jump. Grasu was held out of the 2013 Spring Game for precautionary reasons, but should be healthy and good to go for the start of the season.