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Irish will have competition for Karlaftis

In-state defensive end George Karlaftis has been looking forward to returning to Notre Dame for Irish Invasion. The four-star talent reviewed his visit with Irish Illustrated.

The last time George Karlaftis visited Notre Dame, he left with an offer back on April 1.

Since then, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Greek-import has built a strong relationship with coach Mike Elston.

Last week Karlaftis told Irish Illustrated that he was highly anticipating working with the Irish defensive line coach during Irish Invasion.

He wasn't disappointed.

"Getting coached by coach Elston was pretty fun," Karlaftis said. "The tempo was quick. We got water breaks and all that stuff but we went faster than the other groups and we learned more than all the other groups, so that was pretty cool."

The consensus among many recruits who attended Irish Invasion is that there was a focus on detail at the event. Most athletes mentioned they learned valuable techniques from the Irish coaching staff.

Karlaftis took in some strong coaching points to add to his game.

"I think it went pretty well," he said. "I mean, obviously I'm raw and I can improve a lot. It was pretty fun and playing in Notre Dame Stadium was pretty cool. It was a really fun experience."

Low attendance at this year's Irish Invasion led to more individual reps, especially for the defensive linemen.

"It was nice because we only had six (defensive) linemen and there were four, including myself, that were national recruits, so it was pretty fun to get to know them."

Not only did Karlaftis get to work out in Notre Dame stadium and see how he stacked up against elite recruits in his position group, he also toured areas of the campus he hadn't seen before.

"I got to see more of the campus, since when I visited before," Karlaftis said. "That was pretty cool and I enjoyed that as always."

Prior to Saturday's camp, the Irish were firmly slotted among Karlaftis' top potential colleges.

After his second visit, Karlaftis stated that the Irish will remain a favorite.

"They're up there on the top of my list," Karlaftis said.

But the Irish will soon have strong competition for Karlaftis.

"Next week, I have Alabama and I think I'm going to get an offer from them," Karlaftis said. "On July 21, I have Miami and they're going to offer me too, they said. And then, I'm going to go to Michigan on July 28, for their barbecue."

In other words, the product of West Lafayette might be about to go national.

Karlaftis said he hopes to commit next spring. Top Stories