Scouts: Stanford looking East for LBs

Pac-12 member Stanford has enjoyed great success on the recruiting trail out East in recent classes, especially in their recruitment of linebackers.

In 2011, the Cardinal signed No. 2 ranked inside linebacker James Vaughters out of Georgia. This past class they signed No. 2 rated outside linebacker Noor Davis out of Florida and now their 2013 class, which already featured a commitment from four-star LB Doug Randolph (Woodberry Forest, Va./Woodberry Forest) just added a verbal from Peter Kalambayi (Matthews, N.C./Butler), another four-star linebacker prospect.

Stanford, which has been best known for their offensive prowess led by ultra-talented quarterback Andrew Luck, also played some good defense (2nd in Pac-12 in total defense) and they are putting together the pieces to try and remain a stout defensive unit in the post-Luck era. With their latest addition they are getting a big, physical linebacker who can be a productive and disruptive defender if allowed to play to his strengths. A player who can be tough as run defender, he is at his best in a phone booth. He needs to watch pad level at times, but uses his hands and size well and has surprising range and a good motor. He is more comfortable coming after the QB, where he can overpower tight ends and smaller backs on blitz pickup and squeeze the pocket with good strength and explosion, as opposed to dropping into coverage.

Kalambayi might not offer quite the same overall athleticism as some of the linebackers previously mentioned, but he is a nice-sized kid with some good tools who can offer Stanford some options in how they use him in their defensive scheme while still taking advantage of his strengths as a player and masking his weaknesses. He's nice addition for a Stanford program that has done a great job of assembling some talented LBs in these last few classes and gathering the pieces to be able to keep that front seven strong.