Kalambayi was not looking for immediate playing time, he was not looking at the school that had sent the most linebackers to the NFL over the last decade, and he was not looking at who had won the most conference or national titles recently, but he was looking for the perfect blend of academics and football when he made his decision.
The 6-foot-2, 235 pound linebacker out of Matthews (N.C.) Butler made it clear to Scout during the three years we have covered him that academics was his number one priority. He liked schools like California, Duke, and Virginia because of what they offered him academically.
He is not set on just playing football for the rest of his life, but he is constantly thinking about his life after football.
Kalambayi is an honor student (4.4 GPA) at Butler and he is not only smart in the classroom, but he is very smart on the football field. He makes very good reads, he plays very disciplined at outside linebacker for the Bulldogs' defense, and he is a natural leader. Other players gravitate towards him because of his attitude, intelligence, and work ethic.
Stanford is not only getting an honors student, but a very tough-minded football player. He could play some outside linebacker, but Scout likes his upside more in the middle.
He is one that can make the calls, make sure the defense is in the right position, and just be right in the middle leading the way.
He is best when moving downhill north-south attacking the ball carrier. He is strong, so he can take on those lead blocks from the fullback, and he is someone who could be used to rush the passer too.
His overall agility has improved some over the past year too. He was solid in his drops at the NIKE Football Training Camp in Charlotte, N.C. earlier this year and he will have the chance to showcase that again at the The Opening in Oregon later this week.
Against the run, he is strong - He tackles well, he really contains his edge well when playing outside linebacker for Butler, and he is a god striker when making a tackle.
In the end, Kalambayi and Stanford really seem like the perfect fit. Stanford offers an education not everyone can handle, but Kalambayi can and will. David Shaw has the Cardinal program going as strong as it has in a very long time and Kalambayi will give them another strong player for the football team. It is just a great match.