George Karlaftis (Greg Powers / Scout)

4-star 2019 DE George Karlafits talks Irish, camp plans for summer

West Lafayette (Ind.) defensive end George Karlaftis is keeping in close contact with Notre Dame after a recent offer from the Irish, and he also has a few major programs he wants to get to for camp.

George Karlaftis was already considered one of the Midwest's top prospects in the 2019 class, but recent camps, like last weekend's Under Armour All-America Camp in Illinois have furthered his standing.

A recent offer from Notre Dame was a major moment in his recruitment with the Irish joining Indiana and others on his list.

"It is amazing," he said. "It is a great school, great academics, great program. I like the coaches there. I like every single coach. I like the campus, I like everything about it."

That relationship with the coaches has grown through constant communication with his recruiter Mike Elston, defensive coordinator Mike Elko and head coach Brian Kelly.

"Coach Kelly, coach Elston, he's like my main guy, and then coach Elko and coach Kelly. Coach Elston and I have a good relationship. We talk every week. We talk a lot."

Karlaftis planned to visit Alabama for their spring game, but it conflicted with the Under Armour camp. He may get to Tuscaloosa for camp this summer.

"I'll probably be down at Miami (Fl) for camp, maybe visit there and for sure go to Notre Dame camp and Alabama camp and I want to make it to an Ohio State camp."

After growing up in Greece and playing water polo for much of his life, Karlaftis was talked into trying football by friends because of his size. Now he is receiving opportunities to play at some of the best schools in the country.

That may fit the profile of a kid who will look across the country, and he will indeed camp at several of the aforementioned southern schools, but the importance of family will play into his decision.

"I'm willing to go anywhere," he said, "but my family has always been there for me. They come to every single one of my games. I don't know if they would be able to if I went to a school like Miami or Alabama, but I know they would try it there if they could to any school that I decide to go to."

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