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WVU grants four-star recruit his release... with stipulations

Just two months ago, Deon Long was a four-star recruit out of Hargrave Military Academy who was considered one of the most explosive playmakers in West Virginia’s 2010 recruiting class.

Now, Long has been granted a release from his scholarship by the Mountaineers. A conditional release, that is.

WVU has set the stipulation that Long can transfer to neither Maryland nor Texas Tech, the Terrapins because they will be on WVU’s schedule during Long’s eligibility and the Red Raiders because Long’s coach at Hargrave is now on Tommy Tuberville‘s Tech staff.

The Tech exclusion likely won’t matter too much to Long, but the Maryland one certainly will. Long, who went to high school at Dunbar (D.C.), has the Terrapins way atop his list of potential destinations.

Long told insideMDsports.com that he plans to appeal WVU’s decision to exclude Maryland.

In addition to the Terrapins, the wide receiver is also considering Virginia, Virginia Tech, New Mexico and Arizona. While in one breath saying that he’s not concerned about where his next school is located, in the next he says that he’d like to be closer to home again.

As for why he left WVU so abruptly, Long says that Morgantown left him feeling out of place socially. Hmmm, whatever could the young man mean by that...