Maryland recruit Deon Long took a circuitous route back home. The Dunbar High product and five-star wide receiver is attending his sixth school in the last five years.
Out of high school, Long was interested in playing at Maryland, but the Terrapins, then guided by Ralph Friedgen, were slow to recruit Long, who opted for West Virginia.
“[Maryland] waited so long to give me a scholarship. I felt like that was sort of disprespectful to me,” Long said. “Being the player and having the talent that I have, they’ll go offer a player from New Jersey or Pennsylvania before they’ll offer me and I’m right down the street. I didn’t feel the love, so I didn’t come here. I would have. I would have liked to. But that was their fault.”
After Dunbar, Long spent a prep season at Hargrave Military, then reported in January to West Virginia, where he lasted for three months, clashing with coach Bill Stewart. Long’s next stop was New Mexico, where he grabbed 47 passes for 809 yards. But when coach Mike Locksley lost the head coaching job, Long moved on again, this time to Iowa Western, which he led to the NJCAA title last fall, catching a national JUCO record 100 passes.
With Locksley now at Maryland as the offensive coordinator, College Park was a natural choice for the junior, who looks forward to playing with dynamic Stefon Diggs.
“I call him the young great one,” Long said. “He’s a great guy to play beside.”