Terps sign two junior college players

December 19, 2012

Wide receiver Deon Long and offensive lineman Silvano Altamirano have signed their national letters of intent to join the Maryland football team this spring, Coach Randy Edsall announced Wednesday.

Both Long and Altamirano are junior college recruits.

Long, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound receiver from Iowa Western Community College, shattered all manner of junior college receiver records this past season, recording 100 receptions for 1,625 yards and 25 touchdowns and earning first-team all-American honors. Iowa Western also won the national championship.

Long, a D.C. native who attended Dunbar High School, previously played for two seasons under Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley at New Mexico, and finished his redshirt freshman year in 2011 tied for the team lead with 47 receptions for 809 yards and four touchdowns. 

“I am very excited about Deon joining the Terrapin family,” 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 is a wide receiver that possesses all of the qualities that we look for in a wide receiver.”

Long joins a receiving corps that returns Stefon Diggs and Marcus Leak, Maryland’s top two receivers this season, as well as Nigel King and Levern Jacobs.

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Altamirano spent the past two seasons at San Diego Mesa College, earning all-SCFA honors in 2012. He figures to add depth to an offensive line that will graduate Justin Gilbert and Bennett Fulper, who started a combined 21 games this season.

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

Both Altamirano and Long will be available for spring practices, which begin in March. 

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