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.