Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Notre Dame might have wanted George Karlaftis, but the coveted defensive end had other ideas.
The winner of the Karlaftis sweepstakes was Purdue.
— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) October 21, 2017
Purdue isn’t just getting a player whom top-tier programs wanted. The Boilermakers got their hands on the Class of 2019’s second-best player from their own state and never let go. That’s a recruiting win.
According to 247Sports, Karlaftis is a 4-star recruit and ranked No. 176 overall, regardless of position. Outside of David Bell — a 4-star wide receiver from Indianapolis, Ind. — Karlaftis ranks as the next-highest player.
With the 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end’s commitment, the Boilermakers now have their first verbal commitment of 2019. His pledge Friday comes 13 days after taking an unofficial visit to Purdue.
Karlaftis also ranks as the No. 16 strong-side defensive end in his class.
— George Karlaftis III (@TheGK88) October 21, 2017