While many prospects in the 2013 recruiting class are just now beginning to see their recruitments intensify, Mathews (NC) Butler LB, Peter Kalambayi has been receiving collegiate attention for well over a year. His name first began resonating in recruiting circles the summer between his freshman and sophomore years. When he hit the field the following season, it soon became clear what all of the fuss is about.
“It went good,” Kalambayi said referring to his sophomore campaign. “My team was undefeated and I had 150 tackles. It was a pretty good. I played inside linebacker in a 3-4. They say I’ll play outside linebacker (in college).”
“Things are going pretty good this season too. We lost our first game… a tough one… to the top team in our state. We’ve won every game since and I have three picks already.”
He also has a whole host of scholarship offers. Clemson, North Carolina State, Duke, Florida, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Purdue, Louisville, and Michigan make up his current list. Kalambayi’s familiarity with the Wolverines dates back to two summers ago when his good friend Kris Frost was being recruited by Michigan. A number of Butler high’s players attended the camp every year and the school’s coaches worked it. Kalambayi and Frost were a part of the contingent that year and enjoyed themselves immeasurably. ”
“We were pretty close,” Kalambayi stated regarding he and Frost. “If he went to Michigan, he said I was going to go with him.”
Even though Frost eventually decided to spend his collegiate career at Auburn, Michigan still holds a special appeal.
“Michigan has one of the nicest campuses because it’s not in the middle of nowhere,” said Kalambayi. “I like Ann Arbor and the facilities are great. They are up there with all of them.”
Not long after he left campus in the summer of 2010, Kalambayi was offered a scholarship by then headman Rich Rodriguez. When Brady Hoke took the helm last January he wasted little time letting talented youngster know that Michigan’s interest was as strong as ever.
“I talked to Coach Hoke about a month after he became the new coach,” the four-star backer recalled. “I had (an offer) from before and he said that it is still there basically. He also came to my school.”
With it now clear to Kalambayi that he is still a Maize & Blue priority, his interest in the Wolverines is once again high. He has observed them from afar this season and is extremely impressed with what he has seen.
“I liked Michigan and before and I like them now,” he said. “They’re having a pretty good season. The team looks a lot stronger. The defense looks a lot better. Coach Hoke told me about (Greg Mattison coming over from the Baltimore Ravens), but I haven’t talked to him myself. But (Hoke) told me about (Mattison) when they hired him. That helps a lot. Last year, you know how the defense was looking.”
The key to Michigan bolstering its standing even further is getting Kalambayi back on campus. That trip, however, may not take place for quite some time.
“I was at the Duke-Stanford game last week,” the Tar Hell State star reported. “I don’t think I’m going to be able to make it to Michigan (for a game) because that’s far, but I’m definitely going to visit there again at some point. I’m going to go some games in my area like Clemson, South Carolina, and North Carolina… those types of places that I can drive to easily.”
While the proximal advantage those schools enjoy definitely helps them when it comes to visits, Kalambayi insists that it doesn’t guarantee he’ll be playing his college football close to home.
“(Distance) has no effect on my decision,” he said matter-of-factly. “None at all. I just want to go to a good school academically and I want to go to a place with good football tradition.”
“I’m not thinking of making a decision any time soon,” he later added. “I’m thinking it will be my senior year. I’ve got a lot of schools to talk to.”