February 10, 2012

Buckeyes after another N.C. linebacker

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Ohio State made a big splash in the state of North Carolina in the 2012 recruiting class by landing the signature of linebacker Jamal Marcus. The Buckeyes are back at it again in the 2013 cycle as they recently offered another North Carolina product in Matthews (N.C.) Butler linebacker Peter Kalambayi. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect has already accumulated nearly 20 verbal offers already.

"Coach (Everett) Withers was at my school like a month ago and they offered," said Kalambayi. "I was very excited. Ohio State is a great school with a great football program and that's what I'm looking for, a school with a great mix of academics and football, so I was very excited."

Kalambayi has offers from programs all over the Southeastern part of the country as well as a trio of Big Ten programs in Michigan, Ohio State, and Purdue. For now though, the athletic playmaker isn't listing any favorites.

"Not really right now," he said. "People ask me that but pretty much they're all even at this point. I haven't been to a lot of schools yet."

With junior days now in full swing around the nation, Kalambayi has a few schools that he says he will be attempting to visit during the off-season.

"Stanford, I was just at Chapel Hill (North Carolina), I'll probably get back to Michigan at some point, maybe Virginia, that's all I can think of right now," he said. "I have nothing setup officially yet."

On the field, Kalambayi put up impressive numbers as a junior despite missing some time due to injury.

"I missed three games but I still had like 80 tackles," he said. "I had a lot more tackles-for-loss this year and I just felt myself getting better as a player."

Kalambayi added that his recruitment will likely go into his senior season so that he can take visits.


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