Dec. 19, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland head coach Randy Edsall announced on Wednesday that offensive lineman Silvano Altamirano and wide receiver Deon Long have signed national letters of intent and will enroll at Maryland in the spring.
Altamirano played the last two seasons at San Diego Mesa College. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound offensive lineman earned first team All-SCFA honors in 2012.
"I am very happy to have Silvano come in and be part of our offensive line at the University of Maryland," said Edsall. "He has the explosiveness, speed, pulling ability and toughness that we want from our offensive linemen."
Altamirano graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego, Calif.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Long spent last year at Iowa Western Community College, where he became the first player in NJCAA history to catch 100 passes in a season. He finished his sophomore campaign with 100 receptions for 1,625 yards and 25 touchdowns, leading the NJCAA in all three categories. Long earned first team All-America honors, while leading Iowa Western to a national championship.
"I am very excited about Deon joining the Terrapin family," said Edsall. "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."
Prior to his time at Iowa Western, Long spent two seasons at the University of New Mexico. As a redshirt freshman in 2011, Long tied for the team lead with 47 receptions and led the Lobos with 809 receiving yards and four touchdown catches. Long was named to the Phil Steele Postseason All-Freshman second team and earned first team All-Mountain West Conference honors.
Long is from Washington, D.C., where he attended Dunbar High School.