Notebook: Talented defensive ends are nearby in 2019 class

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame might not have to look very far to find talented defensive ends in the 2019 class.

A pair of four-star recruits are developing within the state borders. George Karlaftis, a 6-foot-4, 243-pound product of West Lafayette (Ind.) High School, visited South Bend on April 1 and received a scholarship offer.

On Friday, the Irish will size up the other in-state standout on the defensive line: Carmel’s Beau Robbins. The 6-4, 230-pound prospect tallied 19 tackles for a loss, including 11 sacks as a sophomore for the Class 6-A state champions.

Early production and a great frame for an edge rusher has allowed Robbins to grab the attention of college coaches. Indiana, Bowling Green and Central Michigan have already extended scholarships. More seem likely to follow.

The hype has been amplified by four-star ratings from both Rivals and 247Sports. The latter ranks Robbins as the No. 14 weakside defensive end in the 2019 class and the No. 2 prospect in the state for the 2019 class behind only Warren Central wide receiver David Bell.

Collins visits

Recruiting profiles list Elijah Collins as a running back.

But the 2018 prospect was seen following Notre Dame’s linebackers around during practice Wednesday.

Collins, a 6-0, 194-pound product of University of Detroit Jesuit High, made an unofficial visit to see the Irish.

Had a great time in South Bend #GoIrish ☘️

— 313... (@Eli_Collins2) April 20, 2017

Collins, who will visit Wisconsin next, left Notre Dame without receiving a scholarship offer. He said Thursday that Notre Dame is evaluating him as a rover recruit. The three-star recruit has already reported offers from a dozen schools including Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.

247Sports slates Collins as the No. 43 running back in the 2018 class.


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Penn's James Iapalucci gets tackled by Beau Robbins during the Penn at Carmel High School 6A semistate football game on Nov. 18, 2016. (Tribune Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA)