Although he is just finishing up his freshman year of high school, West Lafayette (IN) 2021 linebacker Yanni Karlaftis is already hearing from some of the top programs in the country and recently picked up an offer from #5 Michigan State.
Spartan Nation caught up with Karlaftis, who admitted that even he didn’t expect to see his recruitment pick up this early and is excited to have caught the attention of several top programs.
“It’s been really cool for me, it’s something that I didn’t expect to come this early in high school,” he said. “But the amount of talent that I believe I have and the amount of good that I can potentially be and people believe me to be is really just amazing and I’m thankful for Michigan State giving me the chance.”
Karlaftis currently holds four offers, including offers from Michigan, Indiana, Purdue and Michigan State.
Karlaftis’ brother, George, is a 4-star defensive end and is currently committed to Purdue and received an offer from Michigan State back at the beginning of October.
For Yanni Karlafatis, the idea of playing alongside his brother at the college level is something that he’s obviously thought about but said that he would only follow his brother if he felt the school was the right choice for himself.
“Of course, it’s something that I’ve imagined and it’s something that I would want to do, but I’m not going to base my decision off of his,” he said. “If a different university fits him better, I won’t go there just because of him, but if a university fits me better and just fits both of us better, then I will follow him. But I will not base my decision off of George’s.”
While he has yet to take a visit to East Lansing, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound standout linebacker said that he hopes to get on campus in the near future and said he thinks he will camp at Michigan State this summer.
Karlaftis told Spartan Nation that he received his offer from the Spartans when Michigan State coaches stopped by his school to pay a visit to him and his brother.
For a freshman to be receiving the attention that he has garnered already it can be overwhelming at times, but Karlaftis said he’s simply enjoying the process and seeing what the future may hold for him.
“I like to be noticed and just to be in the recruiting process is just being able to see where you fit best,” he said. “I just enjoy looking forward to and working to where I can see what I can do.”
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