Maryland Commit Excited About Playing For MD

Wide receiver Deon Long is having a record setting season at Iowa Western.

6-foot-1-inch wide receiver Deon Long verbally committed to Maryland this past summer, and though he plans to become a Terp next season, the real story is what he's doing now at Iowa Western Community College.

“It's going great,” he said happily when asked about his season thus far.

Spectacular may be a better word.

A large part of Iowa Western's 8-0 start, Long is the clear standout star on the squad. With 71 catches for 1217 yards, and 18 touchdowns, the sophomore has already broken Iowa Western's records in those three categories. He is on pace to break the National Junior College Athletic Association's (NJCAA) single season records for these feats as well.

The receiver redshirted his freshman year at New Mexico, leading the Lobos with 47 catches for 809 yards. That year he had 378 all-purpose-yards in a game against Sam Houston State, setting the Mountain West and New Mexico single game record.

After the Lobos fired Coach Mike Locksley, Long looked to transfer. He says he decided on Iowa Western after Ricardo Young, his teammate at New Mexico, informed him about the school.

Long says his mind-blowing numbers at Iowa Western this season have come from his “ability to make explosive plays and stretch the field.” He hopes to bring those attributes to the University of Maryland for the 2013 season where he's dreamed of playing for a long time.

“It's a great football program,” Long said about Maryland, “when you think about through the years how many people they've sent to the NFL.” Long added that Maryland alum Vernon Davis, tight end for the 49ers, is a friend of his.

Furthermore, as a graduate of Dunbar High School in Washington D.C., Long is looking forward to his homecoming after a few years of playing out west.

“I like the simple fact that it's close to my house and my parents can come see me play,” Long said.

The sophomore recounted attending several games in College Park when he was in high school. He says he loves the atmosphere of Byrd Stadium on game day.

Fortunately, the Terps seem to be as interested in him as he is in the program. The Iowa Western receiver says he talked to Maryland Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley -- his former coach at New Mexico -- a few weeks ago. He says he also speaks with Coach Edsall from time to time as well as the wide receiving coach. Contacting a member of the Terps staff every few days, Long describes his relationship with them to be “a strong one.”

In addition to his good rapport with the coaching staff, Long has some friends on the Terps roster including former New Mexico teammates Ricardo Young, Zach Dancel and Daniel Adams. He says he is friendly with wide receiver Stefon Diggs, Maryland's star freshman, as well.

“Of course they want me to come there,” Long said about the former Lobos.

Other than Maryland, schools such as Illinois, Oregon, Iowa State, Florida, and Nebraska have made scholarship offers to Long. Unfortunately for them, the offensive weapon knows where he wants to play.

“I don't know what's up with [those other schools] anymore because I always reaffirm my place to Maryland,” Long said. “Schools are kind of backing off finally.”

With the success Long has had in college already, it is safe to say he will bring talent and experience to College Park next season, and will provide another prime target on the receiving core alongside Stefon Diggs.

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