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Terps sign JUCO WR Deon Long, OL Silvano Altamirano

Record-breaking wide receiver Deon Long and offensive lineman Silvano Altamirano have signed letters of intent to play football at Maryland, coach Randy Edsall announced today.

Long, a D.C. native and Dunbar High graduate, was the National Junior College Athletic Association’s top-ranked receiver in catches (100), yards (1,625) and touchdowns (25). A first-team All-American, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound sophomore led Iowa Western Community College to the NJCAA national championship.

“I am very excited about Deon joining the Terrapin family,” Edsall said in a news 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 spent his freshman year at New Mexico, catching 47 passes for a team-high 809 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He played for current Terps offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who then served as the Lobos’ head coach.

Altamirano, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound linemen, spent two seasons at San Diego Mesa College, earning first-team All-Southern California Football Association honors this fall.

“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.”

Long and Altamirano will both enroll at Maryland next month and participate in spring practice. Both players will have two years of eligibility remaining.

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