While the Blue Devils certainly don't enjoy that status just yet, head coach David Cutcliffe's program is making sure this latest in-state star knows which local program isn't going to be out-worked. The first step involved getting Kalambayi on campus for a visit, which happened a little more than a week ago.
"Duke is a great program and they showed me a lot when I visited," said Kalambayi. "I had a chance to visit for the basketball game against North Carolina and I had a chance to really sit down and talk to everyone there. It was a good experience and really made me take a look at them."
The madness of the annual Cameron Indoor edition of college basketball's best rivalry was certainly a big part of the visit, but Cutcliffe and his staff made sure to get a lengthy football pitch in as well.
"They really talked a lot about the academics and how Duke would be a great fit for me with my grades and could really be a big asset for me after football. On the field they were talking about how a player like me could really help finish turning their program around."
After beginning his high school career as a defensive lineman, Kalambayi moved to inside linebacker as a sophomore and junior. During the 2011 season he finished with 80 tackles, 6 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, 9 pass break-ups, and 1 forced fumble. He missed three games due to an ankle injury.
Kalambayi added that with so many options and schools pressing their cases, it'll be a while before he contemplates even trimming his list, much less making a decision.
"Right now I'm going to see what [everyone] is saying and then I'll take my visits before I think about [a decision]."