Everett High senior running back/linebacker Vondell Langston told ESPNBoston.com this afternoon that he has verbally committed to UMass for the fall of 2012.
New UMass tight ends coach Shane Waldron walked into Everett High's athletic office at the end of the school day Friday and told Langston that a scholarship offer was on the table for him. It was the first scholarship offer for Langston -- who said he also had the Minutemen high on his list under former coach Kevin Morris -- and the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder wasted no time accepting the offer right on the spot.
"It felt good," Langston said. "I can finally exhale now that I know where I'm going to school, and concentrate on getting ready for next season and finishing strong in school."
Langston was planning on taking an official visit to the University of Maine this weekend, but cancelled as soon as he got the UMass offer. He will take his official visit to Amherst next weekend, his first trip there since watching the Minutemen beat Central Connecticut State at McGuirk Stadium in early October.
"I just like the environment there," he said. "I went to one of their games and they treated me real good. When that coaching staff left it made me nervous, but then the new staff told me they were interested, too. So it took a while, but I'm feeling good."
Langston will likely play at linebacker for the Minutemen, but he says he hasn't been given any indication yet as to whether he will play outside or inside.
Langston leaves Everett as a two-time Eastern Mass. Super Bowl champion, and developed a reputation as both a feared hitter and one of the state's best at blitz pickup, paving the way for quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso to throw for a state all-time record of 103 touchdown passes. He was one of four Crimson Tide players to make this year's ESPN Boston MIAA All-State Team.