Commitment Date: December 18, 2012
Hometown: San Diego, CA
High School: Mount Carmel High School
Junior College: Mesa Community College
Weight: 290 lbs.
ESPN Rank: N/A, 3-star OT
Scout.com Rank: N/A, 2-star OG
Rivals Rank: N/A, 2-star OG
247Sports Rank: #24 JUCO OT, 2-star
40 time: N/A
Other Offers: SMU, Washington State
Known as that “other JUCO recruit” by many Terp fans, Altamirano’s commitment was a bit overshadowed by 5-star JUCO WR Deon Long. However, fans shouldn’t discount his value to this year’s team. Senior starting left guard Bennett Fulper is graduating this year, so there will be a rather large gap in the offensive line to fill this season. Altamirano will compete with Josh Cary, Andrew Zeller, and JaJuan Dulaney for that left guard spot.
ESPN describes Altamirano as a strong, physical lineman who can block well in space. He’s more of a run blocker than a pass blocker, and that ability to block in space should help his cause to get playing time in Mike Locksley’s read-option based offense.
While the Terps’ offensive line has been a weakness in previous years, they are making strides to be better. They have added tackles Derwin Gray and Mike Madaras, and the center position seems to be locked down by Sal Conaboy or Evan Mulrooney. As long as the guard positions can be solidified, there should be some improvement on the line sooner rather than later. Altamirano will enter Maryland as a junior with two years of eligibility remaining, and adds his name to the left guard battle. If the coaching staff decides that senior De’Onte Arnett hasn’t locked up the right guard position, then you could see competition for both guard spots in camp this off-season. Altamirano also has a leg up on the incoming freshmen, since he is enrolling early in order to be a part of spring camp.