Deon Long's Maryland/D.C. team came out on top of the New Level Athletics' 7-7 Passing Camp in Akron…
Deon Long Has First Offer
Deon Long, a 6-foot, 180-pound wide receiver from Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C., put up stellar numbers last season, catching 70 passes for 1189 yards and 15 touchdowns. Michigan State became the first school to offer him recently, however the Spartans are not the only program that are interested in this dynamic receiving threat. "Michigan State offered me recently and I can tell you right off the bat that they know how to recruit up there," Long explained. "I like that they have a nice set of wide receivers there now and a very good quarterback. I'd be fine with going to school up there because a lot of players I know go to Illinois and it would be fun to play against them in the Big Ten." One of those players is obviously Arrelious Benn. We asked Long how he would feel about playing alongside of the freshman phenom. "I'd love to play with Regis again. Illinois is one of the schools recruiting me along with Virginia, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Villanova, Maryland and Purdue right now." The D.C. receiver talked about three of the schools sending him mail. "Two players from my high school went to Maryland in Vernon Davis and Marcus Wimbush," Long stated. "I think Head Coach Ralph Friedgen is a great guy because he's a conversationalist and is really funny. I like that in a coach. I also love their uniforms and the fact that they are close to home and are sound academically is attractive." "I went down to Virginia for junior day and that went well too. They had very good facilities and a really nice practice field. Coach Poindexter is also a funny guy and we get along really well." Could more offers be coming down the pipeline for Long in the near future? "My coach said that he thinks Pittsburgh may be offering soon," Long said. "I don't know much about Pitt, but I am researching them now and am going to take a visit there very soon to learn more about the program." As a junior, Long earned honorable mention All-Met honors and first-team DC Sports Fan. He carries a 3.0 core GPA.
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