DuckTerritory's "Pick One" series rolls on as we take a look at the Stanford Cardinal's current recruiting class and ask Duck fans, "Who is the one recruit you would love to see Oregon have?"
Peter Kalambayi officially visited Eugene for Oregon's loss versus Stanford on November 17.
Coming off back-to-back appearances in BCS bowl games the past two seasons, including a 20-14 win over Wisconsin in the 2013 Rose Bowl, the Stanford Cardinal appear to be well on their way to establishing themselves as a preeminent power in the Pac-12 Conference. The Cardinal's success on the gridiron has gone hand-in-hand with their success on the recruiting trail in recent years; routinely putting together top 25 classes that have lived up to the hype year-in and year out. This season, Stanford only has 10 verbal commitments, which ranks them 11th in the conference according to 247Composite. However, though light on commitments, Stanford has done a quality job addressing specific needs, gaining a verbal commit from Ashburn (Va.) Stone Bridge four-star quarterback Ryan Burns and pledges from a trio of talented linebackers in four-star Peter Kalambayi and three-star prospects Kevin Palma and Sean Barton.
Four-star linebacker Peter Kalambayi -- 6'4", 240 lbs. -- Matthews (N.C.) Butler
Though it may not be the case anymore, for the longest time, Duck fans were hopeful that Kalambayi would switch his commitment from Stanford to Oregon. After taking an official visit to Eugene on November 17 to witness the Ducks' lone loss to Stanford, Kalambayi came away impressed with the Oregon program despite their defeat to team he has committed to. In recent weeks however, Kalambayi's commitment to Stanford has seemingly only strengthened, as it now appears that Kalambayi is once again firm in his pledge to the Cardinal.
At 6'4", 240 lbs., Kalambayi combines elite linebacker size with outstanding athleticism, making him ideal to play middle linebacker at the collegiate level. Regarded as one of the best athletes at the linebacker position during U.S. Army All American Bowl practices last week, Kalambayi could have addressed a major need for the Ducks in the 2013 recruiting cycle. With current commitments Tyrell Robinson, Joe Walker, and Danny Mattingly already on board, a commitment from Kalambayi would have set Oregon's class of linebackers apart from virtually any other in the Pac-12, helping quell any reservations about the loss of Kiko Alonso and Michael Clay to graduation.