For the Future (09.12.17): Offer Out to 4-Star Defensive End, Commits Shine in High School Games, and More

By Nick Polak on September 12, 2017 at 8:04 am
George Karlafis

Karlaftis Grabs an Offer

Four-star defensive end George Karlaftis (West Lafayette, IN) picked up a Penn State offer on Sunday. The 6'5, 260-pound defender is the No. 179-ranked player in the class of 2019, and the No. 16 strong-side defensive end.

Karlaftis currently holds offers from a number of high-profile programs, including Michigan, Notre Dame, Alabama, Miami, Tennessee, Purdue, and others. The Wolverines are the favorites thus far on 247Sports Crystal Ball with 89% of the 9 predictions.

With Dorian Hardy, the only commit seemingly destined for a defensive end spot right now in the 2018 class, Karlaftis and a number of other big edge-rushers should figure to get a lot of attention from the Penn State staff as things gradually shift more and more towards 2019.

commits, Targets Take in the Pitt game

There were numerous members of the 2018 recruiting class in attendance to see the Nittany Lions defeat the Pitt Panthers. Three of those players were the three future members of Linebacker U, and they made sure to take some time to pose with the sign commemorating their future position group.

It was a welcomed sight to see so many familiar faces in Happy Valley, especially as most of them have plans to make several return trips this fall. This is a tight-knit group of guys, which will only serve them well throughout the rest of the recruiting cycle, and their careers.

For some, though, this game was simply the next step in figuring out if Penn State is the right fit for them. Fast rising four-star outside linebacker Brandon Smith (Louisa County, VA) was on campus for the fourth time since March to check out the game and seems to have had a great time.

Dominating on Freshman Mode

For so many high-profile high school recruits, facing off against other high schoolers just isn't much of a challenge. There's so much parity from school-to-school, city-to-city, county-to-county, and so on, that not everyone gets to play against top-tier competition. Therefore, the highly-ranked players are of course expected to dominate their leagues.

Penn State's commits are certainly doing their part.

Four-star wide receiver Daniel George (Oxon Hill, MD)

Four-star running back Ricky Slade (C.D. Hylton, VA).

Four-star defensive back Jordan Miner (Wiregrass Ranch, FL)

A Big-Time Hoops Visitor

Penn State commit Myles Dread wasn't the only big name on campus as a guest of the basketball team, as another big-time player graced the sidelines for a bit. Four-star center Hunter Dickinson (DeMatha Catholic, MD) likely isn't coming to Penn State, but Chambers seems to convince more and more big-time players to visit the school each year. It's already started to pay off, and it will certainly continue to do so.