Louis Acceus (photo by Brian Dohn)

ACC, Big Ten schools recruiting No. 32 OLB Louis Acceus hardest

CLIFTON, N.J. -- No. 32 OLB Louis Acceus is looking hard at ACC and Big Ten schools, and he spoke to Scout about them.

Louis Acceus, the No. 32 outside linebacker in the nation, is in the process of setting up official visits, and he still has a few handfuls of schools he speaks with regularly.

However, having made trips to North CarolinaMaryland and Rutgers, and knowing Boston College is close by and recruiting him hard, the 6-foot 1/2, 206-pound Acceus does more knowledge of some of the programs on his list.

"I talk to UNC, NC State, Maryland, Boston College, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and a lot of other colleges," he said. "It's a long list. I was just talking to my coach (Auggie Hoffman) about it. I have to set up some officials."


North Carolina is where former teammate Tommy Hatton plays, and is school Acceus loved when he visited in the spring.

"It's a great program and the coaching staff is amazing," Acceus said. "The head coach (Larry Fedora) is real cool. The atmosphere is real welcoming, so it fels at home. It's amazing. I like the campus a lot, especially the town. It's real lively."

Another ACC school, Virginia Tech, is staying in constant contact with Acceus, who is trying to set up his first visit to campus. There is also one thing that pops into his mind with the Hokies.

"Michael Vick," he said. "I watched a couple of games and I play him on Madden. He's a backup now, but to my favorite quarterback (Pittsburgh's) Ben Roethlisberger."

Acceus has long had Maryland high on his list because of the new culture under coach D.J. Durkin, and his strong relationship with linebackers coach Matt Barnes.

"We really connect and we see eye-to-eye," Acceus said. "He's really laid back and down to earth. He's really young, too, so we relate. I like the location. It's not too far from home, and it's not too close. They have a lot to offer with academics. I want to major in business. I want to start my own business in the future."

Rutgers, a school on the outside until coach Chris Ash took over, is making a strong run with Acceus.

"Every time we speak, they tell me they want me to get back to campus," he said. "I try to make it down there but it's hard. I talk to pretty much the whole staff. I guess they really want me to go there. It's a big change in the program. It's a huge change from last year. 

"Last year I went to the spring game (in 2015) and I didn't feel wanted. I connect with the coaches. They are friendly and welcoming."

Acceus said he is yet to trim his list.

"No top five or nothing like that yet," he said. "I want to make sure the choice I make is good for me and my family."

Boston College is an intriguing option because Acceus' coach played there.

"He was a captain there," Acceus said. "I think of him when I think of Boston College."

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