After sustaining a high ankle sprain last month in practice, 2013 outside linebacker prospect Peter Kalambayi of Matthews (N.C.) Butler spent the past three games watching the action from the sidelines.
And the heavily recruited athlete didn't like it.
"It hurt," Kalambayi told Rivals.com. "I had never missed a football game in my life."
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On Friday night, Kalambayi was back in action, and he played a prominent role in Butler's 42-20 playoff win over Charlotte Independence.
"I wasn't even supposed to play tonight," Kalambayi said. "I didn't start but when they started driving, they put me in. I played most of the first half. I was probably 80 percent. Next week I'll be back to full speed. My cuts [Friday] weren't what I'd like."
During the summer, the 6-feet-2, 220-pound Kalambayi claimed to have a top two of Clemson and Florida. But now he has backed away from that a bit.
"I think it was quick for that," Kalambayi said. "I'm getting more schools coming."
According to Kalambayi , Clemson, Florida and Stanford are "the three I keep in contact with the most. Those are the three I'm familiar with so I like them. It's not a top three."
Arkansas and Duke also are in the mix right now, he added.
Clemson and Duke are showing the most interest, Kalambayi said. Clemson, Florida and LSU have been to see him play this fall. Duke is the only school Kalambayi has been to for a game in 2011l. Friday night, he said he had no other visits planned at the moment.
Here's a brief comment about each of the five schools prominently mentioned by Kalambayi, who is a straight-A student:
Arkansas: "They're new, but they're a good football team."
Clemson: "It's just a great place. A great atmosphere."
Duke: "Great academics."
Florida: "Great football program. Great history."
Stanford: "Great academics with great football."
When might a final decision come?
"It will probably be this time next year," Kalambayi said.