In-State Star LB Is One To Watch

As the class of 2012 wound down the Blue Devils got a huge shot in the arm with the commitment of Keilin Rayner, one of the best inside linebackers in the state of North Carolina. Now, a year later, Duke is zeroing in on another big time in-state LB.

Rated as a four star prospect and the nation's No. 4 middle linebacker, Matthews (N.C.) Butler standout Peter Kalambayi has no shortage of options. As we approach the middle of March in his junior year the 6-foot-2, 235 pounder has more than 20 written offers from programs throughout the country. Many of them regular participants in the BCS picture.

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]."

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