Bullis senior defensive end Peter Angeh orally committed to Massachusetts on New Year’s Eve, capping a meteoric rise for a player who was virtually un-recruited after his junior season.

With six Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offers on the table, Angeh had narrowed down his options to Ohio and U-Mass. over the past two weeks after also considering Cincinnati, Western Michigan and Temple for much of the fall. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound lineman visited U-Mass. two weeks ago and said he felt comfortable with the school’s atmosphere, especially academically, where he hopes to study sports management.

“I broke it down into three categories: football, social and academics,” Angeh said. “[Ohio and U-Mass.] were really identical in the other two categories, but academics is what really separated the two. So I just thought it would be best for me to go to [U.Mass.] instead of Ohio.”

Angeh, who transferred to Bullis from Blake after his junior season, earned second-team All-Met honors this fall after recording 9 1/2 sacks and 21 1/2 tackles for loss, leading Bullis to an 8-2 record. Angeh picked up most of his scholarship offers during his senior campaign, where he also led the team in tackles with 71.

U-Mass. finished 1-11 in its first season in the Football Bowl Subdivision as part of the Mid-American Conference, and the Minutemen lose at least one starting defensive end to graduation this spring. Angeh said the program plans to use him at his natural position, and even though he will arrive on campus with an college-ready frame, he isn’t sure if he’ll redshirt next fall. Nonetheless, in U-Mass., he sees a young program that is trying to establish itself at the next level — which mirrors his status as an emerging talent.

“To other recruits, it might be a turn off,” Angeh said. “I feel like they’re on the rise. . . a good program to be a part of.”

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