Capping off a stacked visitor weekend in College Park, Md., March 4-6 were a pair of standout New Jersey recruits from St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.), linebacker Louis Acceus and offensive tackle Rob Martin. Acceus chimed in directly after his first Maryland foray, calling the Terps his early No. 1, and while Martin didn’t go that far, he certainly enjoyed his stay at UMD.
“I absolutely loved it down there,” said Martin, who had trekked through UMD once before during his underclassman years. “I love the coaches’ plans for the future, I really liked [offensive line coach Dave] Borbely, and I love the new facilities they’re building. Maryland looks like a program that’s coming up.”
Martin, who attended with his father, spent most of his stay chatting with area recruiter Matt Barnes, headman D.J. Durkin and Borbely.
“Coach Barnes has been recruiting me and we were talking a lot [March 6]. He’s a real cool guy, and it was good to catch up with him again,” said Martin, who claims offers from UMD; Rutgers; Kentucky; BC; Nebraska; NC State; Penn State; Duke; and Temple. “We probably talk about once a week, just about how [Barnes] wants me to be part of the program. And Coach Durkin, I liked how he was saying how everything is starting new there, and how it’s a clean slate. [Durkin] was saying how he wants me to be part of the program’s rise, and I told him that sounded good to me. He’s a real energetic guy and has a good vision for Maryland football.”
As for Borbely, Martin said he and Maryland’s new O-line coach have only chatted a couple times since the tackle pulled a Terps’ scholarship Feb. 11. But the Jersey product likes what Borbely’s about, and is well aware of his resume.
“Coach Borbely seems like a great coach, and I like how he cares about the little things that added together will help you a lot,” Martin said. “And he’s a yeller too, and I love that in an O-line coach. [Borbely] was telling me what I was good at and what I could work on, and I liked that. He’s very straightforward and cares about you as a player.”
During Martin’s previous trip to Maryland, he praised the school’s location, Under Armour uniforms and the campus itself. This time, he had a chance to see the groundwork for the $150 million indoor facility, which will be completed circa 2017.
“Everything was nice, but there was a lot of construction going on,” laughed Martin. “But we saw the video and I really like the underground tunnel and how they’re converting Cole Field House into indoor fields. It looks great – absolutely amazing. I’m excited about that.”
Martin, who is also focused on the educational aspects of college, said Maryland’s academics stood out too. He and his father spent time with an advisor, who let on about the study-hall program and the school’s various majors.
“I feel like Maryland has a lot of highly-rated academic programs,” Martin said. “They’re really big on getting in the books, which I liked a lot too.”
Next up, Martin is heading to Rutgers and/or Penn State for a spring practice. He previously took in junior days at each locale, in addition to a February foray through Pitt.
Does Martin have any standouts among the schools he’s taken in?
“That’s a secret,” said Martin, who insisted he’d ‘definitely’ be returning to UMD for a spring practice in April. “I’ll probably release my top five in a couple months.”
Martin did allow, however, that the Terps showed enough to earn a spot on that upcoming leaderboard. Where exactly they reside in the pecking order is a conversation for another day.
“I’m still going through the process and there are still schools I have to see,” Martin said. “I wanted to decide on a school before my senior season, but the annoying thing is I want to take officials and I can’t do those until the fall. So more than likely I won’t be [choosing a school] until after my senior year. Things keep changing a lot.”