West Lafayette's Yanni Karlaftis signs with Purdue

Yanni Karlaftis is staying close to home.

Posted: Dec 16, 2020 5:08 PM
Updated: Dec 17, 2020 4:26 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Yanni Karlaftis is staying close to home.

The West Lafayette linebacker signed his national letter of intent with Purdue on Wedneday.

"I love West Lafayette," Karlaftis said. "I love this place so I'm just excited. I think they're producing some great players and I think I could go there and help them do some serious damage."

Karlaftis chose Purdue over Wisconsin, California and Oregon. He also held offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State and Indiana among others.

"I really think this [Purdue] is a good place," Karlaftis said. "There's really good capabilities of doing something special."

Karlaftis is the younger brother of current Purdue sophomore defensive end George Karlaftis.

The Karlaftis brothers helped the Red Devils win a state championship in 2018. They'll try to help the Boilermakers take the next step as a program.

Purdue struggled in 2020. It finished with a 2-4 record including four straight losses to conclude the season. But Karlaftis believes the program will bounce back.

"This was a really unfortunate year for everyone," Karlaftis said. "It was an unfortunate year for me. I think Purdue still has a great amount of talent that is still being broadened and I think these coaches are going to do something good."

Karlaftis only played one game his senior season because of a hamstring injury. With his college decision now behind, the healthy Karlaftis is ready to begin the next chapter of his football career.

"I have my opportunity now to just work and that's all I really want to focus on," Karlaftis said. "I don't care about the rest. I'm going to grind. I know myself and I know I'm going to be successful as long as I work at it."

Karlaftis will enroll at Purdue in January.

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