Maryland signs two junior college players

December, 19, 2012
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Maryland signed two junior college players Wednesday -- offensive lineman Silvano Altamirano and wide receiver Deon Long.

Altamirano played the past 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,” coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “He has the explosiveness, speed, pulling ability and toughness that we want from our offensive linemen.”

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,” Edsall said. “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.”

Before his time at Iowa Western, Long spent two seasons at 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.

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