The Terps were run over by Ohio State Nov. 12, 62-3, and typically that wouldn’t lend it self to a pleasant experience for recruits in attendance. But three-star senior linebacker Louis Acceus (St. Joseph Regional/Montvale, N.J.) said that wasn’t the case at all.
“For me, I just like watching college football, no matter how the game goes,” said Acceus, who has not visited Maryland three times since March. “I was just happy to be back down at Maryland again, and I had fun. The first quarter, I felt like that was OK and Maryland was competitive. I felt like it was going to be a good game, but then it just went downhill.”
Perhaps fortunately (for Maryland purposes), Acceus actually didn’t get to see the Buckeyes pull away from the Terps. He said he had to leave before halftime in order to make it back to New York for a mandatory doctor’s appointment (Acceus said he suffered a concussion during his last game).
“But for the time I was there it was real cool. The coaches were busy, and I didn’t want to bother them before the game, but I did speak to one staff member who was very nice,” Acceus said. “Then during the game I was watching the linebackers and safeties, and I liked Darnell Savage. He made a lot of good plays, I thought. I like Maryland’s defense; I just think they need a few more pieces and they’ll be OK.”
The Jersey native may not have reconnected with linebackers’ coach Matt Barnes, but Acceus said he speaks to his area recruiter often enough. Barnes has been after Acceus since last winter, and the two have developed a deep rapport.
“I talk to Coach Barnes all the time. He likes how I play and wants to coach me in the future,” Acceus said. “We’re pretty close and I like how when we talk, it’s like two friends talking.”
Apparently Acceus’ older brother likes UMD a good deal too. The elder Acceus, who the recruit confides in often, has now been in College Park three times as well.
“My brother loves Maryland, and he likes the program no matter the outcome on the field,” Acceus said. “He really likes Coach Barnes and the coaches at Maryland. He had a good time too [Nov. 12].”
After the game, Acceus stood by the mantra he delivered in the spring, when he called UMD his No. 1 suitor. He said the Terps continue to lead the likes of Rutgers, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
“Maryland is the favorite, they’re the No. 1,” Acceus said. “That hasn’t changed. Just what they have to offer, it’s close to home but not too close, what they’re building there with the new facilities – it’s great. It’s also great coaching and just the whole atmosphere, I really like it.”
Acceus isn’t sure where he’s heading next, but would like to take in at least one more college game this fall. (The only other game Acceus has been to this year besides UMD is Rutgers). Then, he wants to embark on four official visits to each of the aforementioned schools – UMD, UNC, Va Tech and Rutgers – before selecting his destination on his birthday, Dec. 31.
“That’s what I’m aiming to do, no doubt,” Acceus said. “I’m going to try to see all these schools and then make my decision. We’ll see if it changes, but that’s my plan for now.”