Purdue signee George Karlaftis was named the American Family Insurance National Defensive Player of the Year of Friday evening.
Karlaftis was presented with the honor in San Antonio on Friday night at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Awards show. He will be playing in the All-American Bowl on Saturday afternoon.
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Karlaftis, a 4-star defensive end from West Lafayette, had a tremendous senior season for West Lafayette High School. He set a school record this season, totaling 56 tackles for loss while leading his team to an Indiana state title.
The defensive end finished his career with 109.5 tackles for loss and 41 sacks. He was also named the state’s top defensive lineman.
Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm made Karlaftis a priority target, wanting to keep a local product in his hometown. The defensive end committed to the Boilermakers as a junior in high school and never wavered on his decision.
Karlaftis is Purdue’s top-ranked recruit in the 2019 class. He’s listed as the top player from Indiana and the fourth-best defensive lineman of the recruiting cycle. Overall, 247Sports has him listed as the No. 48 player of 2019.
The Boilermakers currently have the 25th ranked recruiting class of 2019, and rank fifth in the B1G.