"He said he's trying to have a great recruiting class out of North Carolina," Kalabayi said of his Wednesday conversation with Fedora.
"He's everything that you're looking for – academically and athletically," Butler coach Brian Hales said. "The production on this level is there and the potential on the next level is there. The way he works, the way he carries himself. "
Kalambayi began his career on Butler's defensive line as a freshman, lining up at every position. Towards the latter part of that season, he was moved to inside linebacker. He remained an inside linebacker throughout his sophomore season, accumulating 106 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles, and an interception.
For his junior year, Kalambayi played both outside linebacker positions in Butler's 3-4 defense. In spite of missing three games with a high ankle sprain, he collected 79 tackles, including 13 for a loss and six sacks, and was named Associated Press All-State.
"I had less tackles, but more quality plays," Kalambayi said. "I felt like I got better."
"Obviously, with how smart the kid is, he's responsible for a lot of stuff like making checks and making calls," Hales said. "As far as the physical part, he'll rush the quarterback or drop into coverage or playing man coverage. A few years ago, we matched him up with Justus Pickett [a speedy versatile ‘back currently playing for Maryland] and he did a great job covering him all night."
"I'm not sure how many, but I think about 19 schools have offered," Kalabayi said. "And there are a few that are showing interest, like Alabama is one that says they're close to offering. But just about everybody else has."
Clemson, Duke, Michigan, North Carolina, NC State, Oregon, Purdue, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and Virginia are among the schools that have offered.
Most schools are recruiting Kalambayi as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker, his preferred position. However, colleges have discussed defensive end, outside and inside linebacker with him.
Hales believes Kalambayi's best positional fit on the collegiate level will be determined by the defense a school runs.
"If you're playing a 4-3, he's probably a defensive end," Hales said. "In a 3-4, he's probably an inside linebacker… He's so athletic and he's so fast, there are a lot of options."
Kalambayi has already made unofficial trips to Duke, UNC, Clemson, and Michigan.
"I don't have anything planned [coming up], because I have track meets," Kalabayi said.
For the summer, Kalabayi is considering camps at Michigan, UNC, and Stanford.
Kalambayi doesn't have a firm set of favorite schools, but says those with strong academic reputations are standing out.
"I like the good academic schools like UNC, Stanford, Michigan, UVa – schools like that," Kalambayi said.
Kalambayi would like to make a verbal commitment sometime this fall.
"I kind of want to see how this college football season goes," Kalabayi said. "I don't want to wait until the end of the college football season, but I want to see how things are going with schools. Like Stanford – they lose Andrew Luck – I want to see how they rebound."
Kalambayi is the first American citizen in his family. His mom's side of the family is from Trinidad, while his dad's side is from the Congo… Several Butler alumni have continued their football careers on the Division I-A level. The most impressionable on Kalambayi is Eddie Whitley, who just finished a career at Virginia Tech where he was a two-year starter at rover. Whitley and Kalambayi attended the same middle school. Robert Blanton, who started three seasons at Notre Dame, is also in Kalambayi's ear… Kalambayi grew up a Florida fan… Outside of football, Kalambayi is part of Butler's basketball and track and field teams. In track, he runs the 100-meter dash and 4x100 relay, and throws the shot put. His personal best time in the 100 is 11.2 seconds.