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Get Familiar: Stanford commit Peter Kalambayi

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Peter KalambayiTom Hauck/ESPNHSButler (Matthews, N.C.) linebacker Peter Kalambayi (left) picked up an invitation to The Opening at the Charlotte NFTC.
While the Miami Heat was building its Big 3 in the summer of 2010, the Butler (Matthews, N.C.) football program was getting set to unleash its own Big 3 in hopes of repeating as Class 4AA champs. On offense, there were sophomores Riley Ferguson at quarterback and Uriah LeMay at wideout while sophomore linebacker Peter Kalambayi helped anchor a strong defense.

Kalambayi stood out because he was one of just three players in his class to skip JV and play varsity as a freshman. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder hasn't disappointed in his three years, pushing the Bulldogs to a second straight title in 2011, posting 80 tackles and six sacks in just eight games last season and earning the No. 300 spot in the ESPN 300.

But while Kalambayi has done most of his damage on the east coast, he will soon be well acquainted with the west. During a visit earlier this month to Stanford, the senior committed to the Cardinal and in July, he'll join 150 of the nation's top recruits at The Opening. It's time to Get Familiar with Peter Kalambayi.

ESPNHS: After participating in NFTC camps the last three years, what was it like to get invited to The Opening and join 149 of the nation's top players?
Kalambayi:
I've been working hard all these years and I knew what I had to do, so it was great to have that work recognized and get invited to The Opening.

ESPNHS: What are you hoping to prove while you're at The Opening?
Kalambayi:
What a lot of people don't know is how fast I am, so I'm looking forward to working with and competing against some other fast guys to show I can play with them. I want to get a good 40 time in the SPARQ competition. I've been timed at 4.47, but it'd be nice to have a good time officially in the books there.

ESPNHS: Based on your goals for your upcoming senior season, in what ways will being at The Opening help?
Kalambayi:
It will help a lot, especially with my coverage skills, which I want to improve. I'll be going against some great guys there and I'll be able to take what I learn at The Opening into the season and adapt it to our defense.

ESPNHS: You won state titles in your first two years of high school along with 31 straight games at one point, so how hard was it to endure your first two varsity losses to begin and end last season?
Kalambayi:
It's terrible and it puts you in a bad mood. I'm still in a bad mood about it, really, because I'm just not used to losing. Even in eighth grade, my team didn't lose a game, so last year was my first loss in about five years. In my mind, last year was a failure because we didn't win the state championship and if we don't win this year, it will be another failure because that's what we play for — to win state championships.

ESPNHS: You just came off a spring season where you competed in the shot put and discus. When did you start competing in that and how does it affect your play on the football field?
Kalambayi:
I started in eighth grade and competing in those events definitely helps with football. You have to be very coordinated to do the discus and shot put, so it helps with my footwork and agility on the football field.

PETER KALAMBAYI
School:
Butler (Matthews, N.C.)
Class: 2013
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6-3
Weight: 235

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FAB 50 Offseason Primer: Butler (N.C.)

January, 31, 2012
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Peter KalambayiTom Hauck for ESPN.comPlayers like standout junior linebacker Peter Kalambayi hope to bring Butler (Matthews, N.C.) back among the nation's top teams.
During the offseason, we’ll check out one team per week that looks like a sure bet to be among the best in the nation for next fall.

FAB 50 Offseaon Primer Archive

This week’s team: Butler (Matthews, N.C.)

2011 Season: 11-2, Class 4AA state quarterfinalist, unranked in the final POWERADE FAB 50 but was No. 28 before playoff loss.

Projected 2012 Preseason Ranking: Top 25. The Bulldogs have won 42 of their last 44 games, including FAB 50 top 10 finishes in 2009 (No. 5) and 2010 (No. 8) when Butler won back-to-back Class 4AA state titles. Several standouts on this year’s team, including junior quarterback Riley Ferguson, were stars on the 2010 title team.

Last season, Butler lost its two games to FAB 50 ranked foes -- state champion Page (Greensboro, N.C.) and area rival Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.). Before losing to Mallard Creek in last year’s season-opener, the Bulldogs started the preseason FAB 50 at No. 8. If it was coming off a third straight state title, this year’s team would be a lock for the preseason top 10 or higher.

Team Strengths: If quality experience is a barometer, Butler should return to the national elite next season. Top recruit Ferguson passed for 3,345 yards and 48 touchdowns last season after leading the Bulldogs to a state title as a sophomore.

Other Division I recruits on hand include junior linebacker Peter Kalambayi, junior wide receiver Uriah LeMay, who led the team in scoring with 19 touchdowns, and defensive back Channing Stribbling (6-2, 175), who also plays wide receiver. All four have muliple scholarship offers from nationally ranked programs, while Kalambayi is considered one of the top Class of 2013 defensive prospects in the region. Those four are joined by fellow all-conference selections in junior lineman Grant Polofsky and junior linebacker Sean Wiggins.

Another North Carolina team to watch: Jack Britt (Fayetteville, N.C.) has been in the Class 4AA state title chase the last several seasons, including back-to-back runner-up finishes in ’08 and ’09. The 2012 edition of the Buccaneers will be anchored by several veterans back from an 11-3 squad that bowed to eventual state runner-up Garner (N.C.) 34-27 in the semifinals. Leading the way is junior quarterback Mark McRae, who passed for 2,293 yards and 22 TDs and rushed for six scores last season. Other key juniors include tight end Sean MacLain, wide receiver Jalen McDaniel and linebacker Jordan Williams. Sophomore running back Marquis Foshee was the team's second-leading rusher in 2011, while 6-foot-4, 295-pound two-way lineman Joseph Legg is a touted freshman.

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