It is not often that football teams get commitments a few years in advance, but many of the 2019 and even some 2020 prospects are starting to commit. Usually it happens with the better programs: The Alabamas, the Ohio States, etc. For a program like Purdue we just don’t often get a junior commitment before the current senior class is done and signed.
Jeff Brohm is changing that.
Tonight after his team’s 79-7 sectional opening win at home over Benton Central one of the top defensive ends in the 2019 recruiting class committed to Purdue in George Karlaftis of West Lafayette High. It is a HUGE commitment as he is rated as a top 300 player nationally and he selected Purdue over Michigan and Miami.
https://t.co/0lYDPwVK0v four-star 2019 D-end George Karlaftis of West Lafayette HS has committed to #Purdue. pic.twitter.com/Kk1LFaLUue— GoldandBlack.com (@GoldandBlackcom) October 21, 2017
This is wonderful to see because the last local 4-star talent was Coy Cronk, and Darrell Hazell didn’t even bother to offer him even though he needed a defensive tackle. As you know, Cronk became a freshman All-American last season at Indiana.
Karlaftis is the sone of a former Miami player too, so getting him away from his self-styled “dream school” is big. Karlaftis is a 4-star and No. 178 national player according to Rivals. ESPN has him as a 4-star and 196th nationally. 247 has him as a 4-star and 253rd nationally. He is the first Rivals 4-star to commit to Purdue since Gelen Robinson in the 2014 cycle. Here are his highlights.
Karlaftis is listed as a 6’5” 240 pound grown-assed man. He is projected to play defensive end for us and maybe even tight end in goal line situations. He is also an excellent thrower for track and field, as he is the reigning state champion in the shot put (winning as a sophomore). He is expected to also throw for Lonnie Greene and the track team.
The Journal & Courier recently did a profile on him.
Needless to say, this is a HUGE pickup for Purdue. This is a kid that had an Alabama offer, and even tonight he went off as his team lead 69-7 at halftime:
The fact Karlaftis is going off in this game is awesome 2 sacks block punt return for TD— Chris Jewell (@ChrisJewellISR) October 20, 2017
Welcome home, George.