St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) linebacker Louis Acceus visited Maryland for the first time back in March, and he liked it so much he decided to return April 16 for the spring game. And the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder left calling the Terps his No. 1 suitor.
“Maryland is out front right now. They’re my top school,” said Acceus, who holds offers from UMD, UNC, MSU, Miami, Indiana, BC, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Rutgers. “My brother, who is like my mentor, that’s his favorite school too. We both love Maryland and the coaches down there.”
During his previous College Park, Md., stay, Acceus saw the campus, the impending facility upgrades and learned about the academics, in addition to coach meetings. This time around, he had a chance to see the Terps in action.
“I liked the spring game a lot. I’m not an offensive guy, so I was watching the defense the whole time,” Acceus said. “I loved how they were flying around, honestly. The corners were locking down and the linebackers were filling holes. It was great. That’s my style of defense.”
Acceus wasn’t able to local linebackers’ coach Matt Barnes during the scrimmage, but he spoke to him for awhile afterwards. The Jersey product said he and Barnes have readily connected and exchange messages multiple times each week.
“Coach Barnes was just asking how I liked the spring game, how my drive down was – just small talk. That’s what I like about Coach Barnes, we can talk like brothers or friends,” Acceus said. “We’re real tight, and he’s my favorite recruiter right now. He’s real down to earth, and he’s not a salesman like some other recrutiers. He’s just laid back and doesn’t force anything on me, so we’ve connected really well.”
Acceus didn’t speak to head coach D.J. Durkin April 16, because “he was too busy being a head coach.” But the St. Joseph Regional prospect said he loves Durkin’s personality and the changes he’s bringing to Maryland.
“Everything that’s going on at Maryland now is the reason they’re my top school. The new facilities are going to be amazing, and if I go there I’d love to experience it all,” Acceus said. “Also, I like the academics and internship programs there, which give you a lot of opportunities after football. So it’s a very good situation there.”
Acceus said he’d “definitely” be returning to UMD for a game this fall. In the meantime, he has a couple other schools he wants to see like Michigan State, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Indiana. He’s unsure when those trips will be, but he has MSU prioritized and will likely head up this summer.
Previously, Acceus has visited Rutgers, BC, UNC, Wake, NC State and Maryland.
“Right now I have a few more schools to see and then I’ll see where I stand. I’m thinking about committing on my birthday, which is Dec. 31,” Acceus said. “But I might have to move it up earlier if schools start filling their spots. We’ll see, and I’ll be talking to my brother about all that.”