One of the Big Ten’s proverbial cellar dwellers is staying in contention for one of the nation’s top defensive ends for the 2019 national recruiting cycle.

Four-star prospect George Karlaftis told 247Sports that was impressed by Purdue and new coach Jeff Brohm after visiting the Boilermakers this past weekend.

“This was my second visit,” Karlaftis said. “I mainly just saw their new facilities, which, without a doubt are one of the best in the country. I had meetings with Coach Brohm and Coach Holt and talked to almost every coach there, and I think they are great and will do amazing things for Purdue for the years to come.”

Karlaftis, an Indiana native, is also strongly considering Miami and Michigan as his top college choices, but likes the proximity of Purdue.

“It’s next to home and it’s where my family is at,” he said.

Karlaftis currently ranks as the No. 16 strong-side defensive end and the No. 3 recruit from the state of Indiana. He recorded five tackles and blocked a punt during his first game and a defensive touchdown in week two.

Karlaftis, a two-sport athlete, won a state championship in the shot put last spring and recorded 113 tackles, including 14.5 for loss, 11 sacks and 29 quarterback hurries.

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