Everett’s Vondell Langston, a Globe All-Scholastic and two-time Super Bowl champion, verbally committed to UMass-Amherst Friday. Langston will be part of the first graduating class of recruits to go into Division 1 play as the Minutemen move to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) next season.
Langston was a key player for the top-ranked Crimson Tide, who won their second consecutive Super Bowl in undefeated fashion in the fall. The Greater Boston League All-Star and second leading scorer in Division 1A (15 touchdowns) was a stellar two-way player for the Crimson Tide. Playing in the offensive backfield and at linebacker for Everett, Langston sees himself contributing defensively at the next level, saying UMass coaches have said he’s a ‘‘Good fit’’ for their defense.
‘‘I feel like I have a lot to offer them, maybe not right away, but I’m going to work hard and compete just like everyone else,’’ said the 6-1, 215-pound senior.
His winning ways at Everett were just part of his football goals.
‘‘I was well coached at Everett and I feel going into a program like UMass will take my game to the next level.
‘‘I see football as playing football. No matter the competition level, I just play.’’
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