West Lafayette – For the Purdue Football team its been a long time since its had a perennial top play maker to commit to the programs. Everything expected Darrell Hazell to be able to do it, but that didn’t happen. Now Head Coach Jeff Brohm is working on create a huge class, and it appears the 2019 class got a huge start. After his opening round sectional game, four star defensive end George Karlaftis committed to Purdue.
Karlaftis attends school just down the road at West Lafayette HS, and had Purdue in his final three with Michigan and Miami along with interest from about everyone else including Ohio State, Alabama, and Michigan State. George is currently listed as a four star player among all major reporting agencies. ESPN has Karlaftis ranked as 196th in ESPN’s Top 300 Juniors, and the number three player in the state.
Something that has been readily known is that Karlaftis wanted to stay close to home, as family is a big part in his life. His brother Yanni is currently a freshman at WLHS, and is going to be a target of the Brohm staff as long as he progresses. Yanni is rumored to be just as good as his older brother. George has attended every home game the Boilers have had this season, a perk of living a mile from the stadium.
Karlaftis is currently having another solid season as a Junior for the Red Devils. He currently has 66 total tackles with 38 solo tackles through nine games on the season. Look for those totals to up as the Red Devils are expected to make a state title run. George is incredibly strong and has a lot of power. He is also a versatile player; playing both inside and outside at times for the Red Devils. His versatility didn’t only work on the defense however,as he also played tight end for WLHS. Don’t be surprised if Karlaftis becomes a bit of a two way player for Purdue, as coach Brohm loves physical tight ends. You can see his Sophomore highlights from Hudl here.
A commitment like this can supercharge the 2019 recruiting class. Another big piece in the class is 2019 three star linebacker Jack Kiser. Kiser goes to Pioneer HS in Royal Center,IN and is deemed to be another top target for the Boilermakers. the Karlaftis commitment could start to show other high profile athletes that Purdue is a place they want to be at.
For Purdue this is going to be a commitment they will need to fight to keep. Karlaftis is only a junior so it will be another year before he can sign with Purdue. Purdue has received some good commitments in the past, but those commitments were drawn away to other schools. Luckily for Purdue it seems as thought Karlaftis is incredibly excited to be a Boilermaker.