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November 9, 2012

Kalambayi thankful for Army Bowl invite

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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 more time."

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