Maryland wide receiver commitment Deon Long has ended his junior college career as a national champion.
The D.C. native and former New Mexico standout played a major role in Iowa Western Community College's 27-7 win over Butler (Kan.) C.C. for the NJCAA championship Sunday.
Deon Long caught 14 passes for 137 yards to become the first player with 100 receptions in a season in NJCAA history. He already held the national mark for touchdowns catches in a year with 25.
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Long finished his sophomore season with 100 catches for 1,625 yards and 25 touchdowns, according to 247Sports.com.
Gray was dominant up front, leading a powerful Friendship Collegiate rushing attack that amassed 245 yards in a 48-12 rout of Dunbar at Howard University’s Greene Memorial Stadium.
** Maryland-bound quarterback Shane Cockerille has been selected to the U.S. Under-19 National Football team, which will play in the fourth annual International Bowl in Austin, Texas in February.
In 2012, Cockerille led Gilman to its second-straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Class A title with 35-7 win over Calvert Hall. Cockerille rushed for 228 yards and two TDs in the title game. He also threw for a touchdown. As a junior, Cockerille threw for 1,100 yards and rushed for 1,300 more, accounting for a combined 26 touchdowns. He is verbally committed to Maryland.
** ESPN.com had an update on Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) players Gray and Yannick Ngakoue, both of whom will play in the Under Armour All-America Game.
Gray and Ngakoue looked to be on the same recruiting path when they committed to Maryland in June. That has since changed. Ngakoue reopened his recruitment in September. He is still considering the Terrapins but is also interested in West Virginia, South Carolina and Miami.
Gray, on the other hand, has never wavered. He's even more confident in his commitment after Maryland recently announced it will join the Big Ten in 2014.
Are you recruiting anyone to join you at Maryland?
I’m close friends with [class of 2014 small forward] Dion Wiley so I’m trying to get him to commit. I’m telling him to come to Maryland and be a part of the team. We want all of the local kids to come in. I’m first, hopefully he’s second. I think I have a good chance of getting him. I don’t know how far he is into recruiting, I just know I’ve been talking to him about it and think I have a good chance.
He could walk the 10 blocks or so from his home to the Temple University campus. He could drive the 2 1/2 hours to St. John's in Queens, N.Y. Or he could fly cross country to UCLA.