Back in 2010, as a wide-eyed sophomore, Matthews (N.C.) Butler linebacker
Peter Kalambayi looked on as teammate Kris Frost received his Army All-American
Game jersey at a ceremony in front of the entire student body.
As he watched, Kalambayi set a personal goal, to be in Frost's position two years
later. On Friday, that goal game to pass as the No. 59 player in the country
was presented his jersey for the game.
"I'm just thankful to be in the position," said the 6-foot-3, 238-pound
Kalambayi. "I'm just so happy right now."
Kalambayi's ceremony was held outdoors on the Butler High School track, just a
few hours before the team's second round playoff game. With his mother, grandmother and sister in attendance, Kalambayi
said he was glad to achieve his goal of matching Frost's accomplishment.
"I had it in the back of my head since then," he said. "When I saw
Kris get it
I said I'd like to be like him and I'm glad it happened."
The typically humble Kalambayi is often the center of attention when he's making
plays on the field, but he said Friday that being the center of attention out of
uniform took a little adjusting.
"I just like going out there and playing football," he said. "I'm always
thinking about the game, but I like the things it brings like this, too."
Kalambayi has been committed to Stanford since June, but has said he'll visit
the Cardinal as well as Oregon before finalizing his decision. Next on the
agenda is scheduling and taking those visits, but he's not going to worry about
that until his season is over.
"I haven't schedule any official visits yet," he said. "Football is the only
think I'm focused on right now. Stanford and Oregon, those are probably going to
be the only two I visit."
As far as he expectations for once he arrives in San Antonio,
Kalambayi said he's looking forward to enjoying the experience and the chance to
play a bonus football game during the offseason.
"I'm just going out there to have fun," he said. "I like playing football. It's
always good to be able to play. I'm going to miss it during the time between
when my seasons ends and when I get to college so I'm glad I get to play one