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Thursday, January 3, 2013
Kalambayi solid with Stanford

By William Wilkerson

SAN ANTONIO -- Programs and fan bases get a knot in their stomach whenever a committed recruit takes an official visit elsewhere.

But in the case of Stanford outside linebacker commit Peter Kalambayi (Matthews, N.C./Butler), it actually turned out to be the best thing for the Cardinal.

Kalambayi (6-foot-3, 238 pounds) was interested enough in Oregon to take an official visit to Eugene, Ore., on Nov. 16. It was there where he confirmed his love for Stanford.

“I was looking at Oregon, but I don’t think that’s going to happen now,” he said. “I went down to Oregon for an official visit last month, but after that I felt like Stanford was the right place for me.”

Kalambayi, the No. 17 OLB and No. 278 player overall in the ESPN 300, loves the fact that Stanford can be such a great school academically and also be an elite football program. If it weren’t, that trip to Oregon could have turned out differently.

“If Stanford wasn’t such a great school I would probably be going to Oregon,” he said.