October 17, 2011

Kalambayi interested in Michigan

Most football prospects start receiving college attention in their junior year of high school. Matthews (N.C.) Butler high school, however, is known for putting out talent, most recently, linebacker Kris Frost (Auburn) and quarterback Christian Lemay (Georgia) in the 2011 recruiting class.

Recruiters have taken notice, and junior linebacker Peter Kalambayi started drawing attention in camps his freshman year. One of the schools to show early interest was Michigan.

As he has developed, it's clear that Michigan's eye for talent is a keen one. Kalambayi has grown into a 6-2, 200-pound prospect with offers across the country. He will be one of the country's top 2013 linebackers.

Michigan's interest has continued through Kalambayi's high school career, and now the Wolverines have reiterated their desire for him to become a part of their class of 2013. Should he choose to become a Wolverine, he wouldn't be the first player to do so out of Butler. Jamar Adams was a three-year starting safety at Michigan, and went on to an NFL career with the Seahawks and Eagles.

Michigan has attractive connections for Kalambayi, but Brady Hoke's coaching staff isn't the only one talking to the 2013 prospect. He has offers from big-name football programs like Florida and Clemson - and also renowned academic institutions like Stanford and Vanderbilt.

With all the early attention, it should come as no surprise that Kalambayi plans to wait out a decision. He has many options, which has given him a lot to think about.

Michigan should remain in the mix, and if the Wolverines are lucky enough to stay in it to the end, they should have a hat on the table when Kalambayi makes his choice. When could that be?

If he earns the honor of playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, that is when Kalambayi would like to announce a final choice.

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