Butler football player Peter Kalambayi, who has committed to play at Stanford, has added another accolade to his impressive list of credentials. The senior standout recently was selected as one of five national finalists for the Dick Butkus Award, which is presented annually by the Butkus Foundation and honors the top linebacker in the country in the high school, college and professional ranks.
The high school award is voted on by a panel of 51 coaches, journalists and scouts, and has been presented since 2008.
Past high school winners include Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o, Texas’ Jordan Hicks, Clemson’s Tony Steward and Stanford’s Noor Davis.
Kalambayi joins Auburn (Ala.) High’s Ruben Foster, Central Gwinnett (Ga.) product Trey Johnson, Punahou (Hawaii) resident Isaac Savaiinaea and Bishop Luers (Ind.) High’s Jaylon Smith as this year’s finalists.
The 2012 winners will be announced the first week of December.