UMass lands in-state defender 

July, 15, 2012
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Per a source, Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury, Mass.) senior defensive end/linebacker Peter Ngobidi gave a verbal commitment to the University of Massachusetts this morning for the 2013 season, ESPNBoston.com reports.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Hyde Park resident was an integral force off the edge last season for the 7-2 Knights, making plays at both defensive end and outside linebacker. He led the team in sacks (9), recorded nearly 20 tackles for loss, and ranked fourth on the team in tackles (60).

He is the fifth member of CM's 2011 team to pursue Division 1 college athletics, and will re-connect with a former teammate of his -- quarterback A.J. Doyle -- upon his arrival.