Terps add record-setting JUCO receiver

Terps add record-setting JUCO receiver
December 19, 2012, 3:30 pm
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Wide receiver and D.C. native Deon Long has signed national letters of intent and will enroll at Maryland in the spring along with junior college offensive lineman Silvano Altamirano, Maryland head coach Randy Edsall announced on Wednesday.

In 2012 the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Long became the first player in NJCAA history to catch 100 passes in a season. Playing for Iowa Western Community College, Long finished his sophomore campaign with 100 receptions for 1,625 yards and 25 touchdowns, leading the NJCAA in all three categories. The former Dunbar High School earned first team All-America honors while leading Iowa Western to a national championship.

“I am very excited about Deon joining the Terrapin family,” Edsall said. “He is an outstanding young man who has demonstrated the ability to be a big play wide receiver with the numbers he put up this past year at Iowa Western. He is a wide receiver that possesses all of the qualities that we look for in a wide receiver.”

Before lacing them up at Iowa Western, Long played at the University of New Mexico under current Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. As a redshirt freshman in 2011, Long tied for the team lead with 47 receptions and led the Lobos with 809 receiving yards and four touchdown catches while earning first team All-Mountain West Conference honors.

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Altamirano played the last two seasons at San Diego Mesa College where he earned first team All-SCFA honors in 2012.

“I am very happy to have Silvano come in and be part of our offensive line at the University of Maryland,” Edsall said of the San Diego native. “He has the explosiveness, speed, pulling ability and toughness that we want from our offensive linemen.”