Bullis School senior Peter Angeh committed to play for the University of Massachusetts football program, both he and Bulldogs coach Pat Cilento said Monday.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end chose the Minutemen amongst 18 scholarship offers, including Ohio, which was a finalist with Massachusetts because “those were schools that were identical in terms of what I wanted to do, how I will be able to perform and in terms of football, interaction with the students, and, of course, academics.”
Both squads also informed Angeh that he would have a chance to work into the defensive line rotation as a freshman. Angeh, however, would not be opposed to taking a redshirt season. He said that at 250 pounds, he matches up size-wise with a lot of collegiate defensive ends.
“That was definitely a big deal,” he said. “Both schools were talking about playing early, but I knew I would have a chance to play earlier at UMass. That definitely helped sway me in one direction.”
Angeh was also impressed with the overall UMass program as well as the New England school’s sports management program. Angeh has his sights set on becoming a sports agent and perhaps a lawyer in the future.
He leaves Bullis after one dominating season that included 12 1/2 sacks and 29 1/2 tackles for a loss. Angeh transferred to Bullis from James H. Blake prior to his senior season. He was named to the 2012 All-Gazette second team.
“He was a man-child,” Cilento said. “I think he’ll do a great job there. I wish we had more than one year to work with him. He did a great job for us.”
Cilento added that Angeh cancelled scheduled visits to both Temple (Pa.) and Fordham (N.Y.) upon committing to Massachusetts.
“UMass was his first visit,” Cilento said. “They made the best impression on him and his father.”