"I like the Hawaii coaching staff, and Hawaii is a good place to be and the program is great," he said. "I've never been to Hawaii, so I'm stoked to actually live there and also be able to play for such a good team. Quarterback Colt Brennan, who was ranked sixth in the Heisman, even turned down an offer from the NFL to come back and finish up there."
As a senior at Davis High School in Utah, Grasso was an All-State wide receiver and punter while helping his team win the 5A state championship in 2004.
"I was also captain of the Davis team when we took state, and I was on the All-County Clipper team for football," he said. "I also played basketball and baseball while I was at Davis."
Grasso, who was an active three-sport athlete at Davis High School, is also a cycling enthusiast and bodyboarder.
After graduating from Davis High, Grasso next attended Dixie State College in 2005, where he ranked fifth nationally with an average of 42.2 yards per punt. He stayed there one year before transferring to Saddleback, where he also had much success as a player.
"Saddleback was ranked the number one junior college for football nationally, and it was a scout at a Saddleback game that recruited me for University of Hawaii," Grasso said. "We were 10-0 for a while until we lost to El Camino at the final game of the California playoffs, and we then became 11-1 and ranked third. We were also winners of the Mission Conference Championship."
Because of long-snapping problems, Grasso averaged a still-impressive 40 yards per punt last year for Saddleback. Most recently, he accepted an invitation to participate in Mike McCabe's "One-on-One Kicking Camp" in Alabama this summer for professional football training and preparation.
Grasso will be at the camp for six to eight weeks before he departs for the University of Hawaii at the end of July. For more information, contact Suzi Grasso at 390-1182.