The new Maryland staff had been concentrating its recruiting efforts in Florida, the DMV and locales throughout the South and Southwest recently, but Jan. 28 the Terps returned to a familiar area in the Northeast. Head coach D.J. Durkin trekked through New Jersey, and during a stop through powerhouse St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.), he approved an offer to budding 2017 linebacker Louis Acceus.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Acceus now holds offers from the likes of Michigan State, Miami, Indiana, Rutgers, Temple and Maryland.
“It was pretty exciting how [the offer] happened, actually,” Acceus said. “Coach Durkin stopped by my school earlier in the day to talk to my coaches, and they called me out of class to come down to the office. So I had a chance to shake his hand and meet Coach Durkin. Then when I got home, I got a message from the linebackers’ coach, Coach [Matt] Barnes. I called him and he told me I had the offer from Maryland.
“I was so excited I ran upstairs, told my mom, and gave her a big hug. It was a great offer to get.”
Acceus didn’t know of Durkin or his defensive reputation, nor was he aware of Barnes’ resume. But the 2017 backer is eager to develop a rapport with both.
“Just from talking to Coach Barnes on the phone, he seems like a real down-to-earth guy. And Coach Durkin, I’m looking forward to talking to him more when I see him later,” Acceus said. “Coach Barnes, though, he was saying how he watched my film and was just excited with how fast I played, how elusive I was, and how I liked to hit. He said he’d love to have me down at Maryland, which was very exciting to hear.”
Admittedly, Acceus didn’t know a ton about the Terps, other than its Big Ten and Under Armour connections.
“But I do know Stefon Diggs went there, and he’s doing great for the Vikings now,” Acceus said. “Seeing him play kind of got me interested in Maryland. And I know it’s a new staff there now, and they’re trying to change the program.”
Acceus, obviously, has never forayed through College Park, Md., but plans to this spring. He said it’s a school he “definitely” wanted to see first-hand.”
“I want to eventually see all the schools that have offered me, but Maryland is one I definitely want to get to. It’s a Big Ten school, not too far from home and it sounds like they have great coaches there,” Acceus said.
Thus far, Acceus has visiting only two schools, Rutgers and Penn State. He said the campuses he’s able to get to this winter and spring will depend on how far his guardian is willing to travel. Acceus said more than likely he’d have to stick to regional schools and wouldn’t be able to check out programs such as Miami or IU until later on.
“I hope I can get back to Penn State. I stopped off there, and I liked their campus and it was really nice,” Acceus said. “The only problem was it was in the middle of nowhere, and I’m more of a city guy (laughs). But I want to get there, Maryland, back to Rutgers, out to Michigan State and really all the places that want me.”
The Jersey product said there are no early standouts, although he acknowledged MSU was a big offer for him. He said he’s not looking for any scholarships in particular (other than PSU), noting that, “I’ll look into any school that’s willing to offer me.”
Acceus is coming off a junior campaign where he recorded 160 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss.
“I can play anywhere on the defense, and I’ll play wherever I’m asked,” Acceus said. “I can play inside backer, outside backer, wherever. I just want to contribute.”