Top 2013 LB calls UF his ‘dream school’


Peter Kalambayi won’t have any trouble making his dream come true.

If he chooses to, that is.

The Matthews, N.C., Butler linebacker will be one of the top prospects in the 2013 recruiting class and dozens of schools are already after him.

This week the rising junior named Clemson and Florida, who have been pursuing the hardest, his early favorites.

Clemson is the only school Kalambayi has visited thus far and he’s been impressed with the Tigers’ tradition and graduation rate.

UF stands out for a different reason.

“Florida has been a dream school of mine since I was young,” he said.

Kalambayi grew up a Gator fan and has followed the team for years.

“When I was younger, they had Tim Tebow and Chris Leak and I could just tell it was a great football school,” he said.

Although he’s always liked the UF quarterbacks, the LB prospect has naturally been drawn to the other side of the ball.

“Brandon Spikes was my favorite college linebacker and I’ve always loved their defense,” he said, “sometimes a little bit more than the offense.”

Kalambayi planned on attending Friday Night Lights in July but didn’t have a ride to Gainesville. He hopes to find one this fall so he can make it to a game.

“I would just like to go and see the atmosphere,” he said.

He will also try to visit North Carolina, South Carolina and any other schools that show him interest.

“I’m weighing all my options right now,” he said, “because I know more offers will come.”

Kalambayi is going to be a five-star candidate once recruiting rankings come out and his hype will only increase.

But he doesn’t worry about the attention.

“I kind of just go to football practice and not think about it,” he said. “I just let it come.”

Kalambayi is focused on his junior season and helping Butler win another state championship. He will also be moving to outside linebacker after playing inside in 2010.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder is excited about rushing off the edge.

“I like outside better so I can get more sacks,” he said.


  1. Come on down, young man! You’ll find Gainesville is where dreams are made. You’ll get a great education, play in the premier football conference and work on a stage that will guarantee you get a look from the NFL. Go Gators!

  2. Gainesville is a special place for both a great education and a great athletic program. Gator fans are more avid than any you’ll find in the ACC (including FSU), and Mr. Kalambayi would be making a wise choice if he decided to attend UF on a football scholarship.

  3. Why would you go to Gainsville and get lost in a crowd of 50000 students when you go to god’s country up in Clemson. Better atmosphere for games for sure. Closer to home and much better place to attend school but also a beautiful place to live in general. Not to mention we probably have a better chance of winning a national championship over the next four years than Florida (schedule and recruiting) and our tradition is second to only a few schools. Maybe Southern Cal, Alabama, and Oklahoma have a little more. But there is nothing like rubbing that rock before you run down the hill!