Montvale (N.J.) St. Josesph Regional linebacker Louis Acceus enjoyed new and old relationships Saturday at Rutgers when he competed in a 7-on-7 camp.
Acceus twice visited with Rutgers during the spring. He camped in front of the staff Saturday in the passing camp, and also at the start of camps season at Fairleigh Dickinson.
Rutgers camps, Acceus said, are as much about relationships as they are competition.
“I really loved the camp,” he said. “It was fun to go against so many different players. It was fun to talk to all of the Rutgers coaches and have them watch me.”
One Rutgers coach and one Rutgers player made impressions on Acceus in June – former St. Joe's defensive tackle Kevin Wilkins and safeties coach Bill Busch.
“Wilkins is a good guy, funny guy,” Acceus said. “We talk a lot. We go back and forth on texts. I ask him a bout the atmosphere and the changes. I plan on coming back during our break in the summer to have him show me around. …
“Coach Busch is probably one of my favorite coaches I've met so far from a college. He's a funny guy. He's always in a good mood. He's never gloomy. He's about respect. He's really laid-back too.”
Rutgers head coach Chris Ash also spoke with Acceus during the camp.
“He's trying to make the program great, turn it around from what it was before,” he said. “I've seen the videos they put on Twitter and I'm a fan of it.”
Acceus said he would be open to any linebacker role at the college level, and would be comfortable in coverage situations too.
“I have faith in wherever a coach wants to put me,” he said. “It doesn't matter. I just want to play.”
Rutgers is the lone visit spot this summer for Acceus, who wants to plan other stops with his brother as soon as possible. Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, NC State and Syracuse could be in line for July and August visits, he said.
“I just want to go somewhere I can call home,” he said. “I don't want to be home on break and say, 'dang I have to go back to school now.' I want to be excited to go back.”
A legitimate business school will be a decisive factor as well, Acceus said.
“My goal is to start my own business in the future,” he said.