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Well-traveled, but talented WR Long signs with Terps

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Sports,Campus Confidential,Kevin Dunleavy

The Maryland Terrapins have found a dangerous wide receiver to pair with sensational freshman Stefon Diggs. On Wednesday Deon Long made it official, signing with Maryland out of Iowa Western Community College.

This fall Long became the first player in National Junior College Athletic Assocation history to catch 100 passes in a season. His 100 receptions were good for 1,625 yards and 25 touchdowns as he earned first-team All-America honors, leading Iowa Western (12-0) to the NJCAA title and a prolific offense that averaged 62.8 points per game.

This will be the sixth school in five years for the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Long. As a redshirt freshman at New Mexico in 2011, Long caught 47 passes for a team-high 809 yards and four touchdowns, making all-Mountain West second team despite missing two games with injuries. At New Mexico, Long played for Mike Locksley, now the offensive coordinator at Maryland.

“I am very excited about Deon joining the Terrapin family,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall said in a press release. “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] possesses all of the qualities that we look for in a wide receiver.”

It will be a homecoming for Long, who played at District public school Dunbar, before spending a postgraduate year at Hargrave Military (2010). He enrolled at West Virginia in January of 2010, but his stay was short as he reportedly clashed with head coach Bill Stewart. When West Virginia released Long from his scholarship in April, it barred Long from going to Maryland because the Terrapins were on the Mountaineers’ schedule. Long found a home at New Mexico. But Locksley was fired in September of 2011 and after the season, Long opted for Iowa Western, along with several other former New Mexico players.

Another JUCO player who signed with Maryland on Wednesday was San Diego Mesa College offensive lineman Silvano Altamirano (6-2, 290).

Kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

 

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