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Sunday, July 15, 2012
Familiarity helps UMass nab CM's Ngobidi

By Brendan Hall

Catholic Memorial defensive athlete Peter Ngobidi gave his pledge to UMass yesterday morning, making him the third in-state verbal commitment for the Minutemen's Class of 2013. In what has become a recurring theme here with UMass' 2013 in-state commitments, Ngobidi had no other Division 1 FBS offers (UMass offered in March); from the FCS level, only Bryant and Fordham offered at the time of his verbal.

And like the other two locals who pledged -- Springfield Commerce linebacker Sha'ki Holines and Nantucket tight end Terrel Correia -- Ngobidi is not a high-profile recruit, but an underrated one that is viewed by college scouts as having plenty of upside. Ngobidi is a hybrid edge defender who lines up at both defensive end and linebacker. With a long wingspan for his compact 6-foot-2 frame, a d34-inch vertical, and a 40-yard dash timed as low as 4.61 seconds, it will be interesting to see his development over the next few years.

Ngobidi, a Hyde Park resident, spoke to ESPNBoston.com earlier tonight for a few more comments on his commitment.

Deciding factors: "Pretty much I talked to my dad, my sisters, my coaches, a few friends, I talked to Deijon [Evans, teammate and close friend], they seemed to all like it. One of my sisters goes there, so I talked to her to see what she liked about it. I went around and looked at it myself -- obviously, I've been around the school, from when I would visit her. And then A.J. Doyle [CM teammate and incoming UMass QB] has been persuading me of course, telling me everything that's been going on there up to this point."

His role: "They kinda have me at both [end and linebacker], wherever they need me at any time. I'm like a stand-up defensive end, if they need me in the rush I can support that, and if they need me to drop back in coverage I can do that as well."

On joining A.J. Doyle next year: "That would be pretty good. Me and A.J. are pretty good friends, I'd be happy to be with him again."

What he's been working on, and needs to improve: "I've noticed what I made a lot of mistakes on last season -- finishing through tackles. I'm good in space, but I need to make sure to run through people. I could have had more tackles last season if I ran through people instead of reaching."