Prior contact with Venables

New Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables already had an idea who Peter Kalambayi was before he accepted the job in Tigertown.

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Kalambayi, a four-star middle linebacker, according to, had contact with Venables while he was still the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma.

"I talked to him twice on Facebook," Kalambayi said last week in an interview with CUTigers. "I talked to him while he was a coach at Oklahoma. Then I talked to him more recently when he came to Clemson.

"I assume he's a good coach. I don't know what kind of system he runs, and I don't know that much about him."

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker from Butler High School in Matthews, N.C. has almost 20 offers to his name. Along with Clemson, Stanford, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Oregon and Michigan have offered.

Kalambayi has a top-five, but it reads in no particular order.

"It would be Clemson, Michigan, Stanford, Chapel Hill and Florida," he said.

What stands out about Clemson?

"It just seems like it would be a great place to play. They have a great football tradition there."

A decision could be reached sometime next season.

In the meantime, Kalambayi has plans for at least two junior day visits.

"I found out Clemson has another junior day in March, so I maybe attending that," he said.

Kalambayi could also head to North Carolina for a junior day.

As a junior, he had 79 tackles, including 13 for a loss and six sacks. Kalambayi was named Associated Press All-State.

He had 106 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles, and an interception as a sophomore.

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