UMass lands in-state defender

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.

Ngobidi is the third in-state pledge for the Minutemen in the last month, joining linebacker Sha'ki Holines (Springfield, Mass./Commerce) and tight end / offensive lineman Terrel Correia (Nantucket, Mass.) in the 2013 recruiting class.

The source said the plan is currently for Ngobidi to play the edge as either a defensive end or outside linebacker.