Yanni Karlaftis
Status:
Signed
HIGH SCHOOL
LB

Yanni Karlaftis

Linebacker
6′4″ / 210 lbs
West Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette
Class of 2021
Rating: 92
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National Avg
Rating: 90.4
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School Preferences

School
Interest
Offer
Official Visit
Purdue
Signed
California
Medium
Indiana
Medium
Michigan
Medium
Notre Dame
Medium
Ohio State
Medium
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Videos

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Updates

Greg Richardson
5 mo ago by Greg Richardson
Football Updates
Mike Pawlawski commented on the lack of OL/DL practices for 12 days as a complete deal killer in football. Nearly impossible to overcomeTalking to several folks at other programs who are close to their head coaches. None of them would have played the game. Too easy to get fired and doing so without 11v11 for 12 days is an instant lossWilcox left it to the players and his staff. They all wanted to play regardlessInteresting that Wilcox commented earlier this week that bad missed tackles cost Cal 150 yards on defense, more than a third of UCLAs total offensive outputNose Guard Stanley McKenzie is back at practice and will play Saturday nightOregon State runs a nearly identical defensive scheme to Cal. Their DC coached under Wilcox at WisconsinHearing that Yanni Karlaftis is leaning more and more to staying home and playing with his brother at PurdueWe'll have more on Byron Cardwell soon, hint, Cal continues to be in a good spot with himTackling was such an issue on Saturday vs. UCLA that defensive leaders organized players-only practice sessions on tackling after formal practice endedCal's revised recruiting approach was prescient for COVID. Way more early visits and longer-term relationships such that only 5 current commits haven't visited campus. That's better than many programs and those that by approach or otherwise were forced to commence new relationships after March are likely to struggle to close well
Greg Richardson
7 mo ago by Greg Richardson
2021 Recruiting Updates - September 11th
Been a bit quiet until this week, plenty to discuss now:Kaleb Elarms-Orr is down to Colorado and Cal. He's playing this very close to his vest. Tough to know which way he's leaning. Honestly, the longer it goes on the more it likely helps the home town Bears. Social media shows current 2021 Bear Commits giving him a lot of loveThere's been news in Jacob Schuster recruitment. Sources say that Stanford and he have parted ways. Before that news turns into a premature celebration, Minnesota has remained a factor and will compete but you have to like the Bears chances hereYanni Karlaftis feels to me like a Cal lean. He's not going to make a commitment until he gets a chance to get out to Berkeley and he and his mother plan to get out to walk the campus and visit the area on their own. Assuming the Apocalyptic Musical Revue has come and gone before they arrive, hard to imagine they won't be impressed.Having 23 Cal Bears currently on NFL rosters (28 including coaches) will be a boost in recruitment. Springboard to recruit's dreams
Greg Richardson
9 mo ago by Greg Richardson
Updated Projections on the 2021 Football Recruiting Class - JULY 8th
With the 2021 Class War Rooms' updated, it's time to stick my neck out and do a far too early projection for the class.Quarterback: (1)Kai Millner was rising fast up the QB board based on his athleticism and upside and he had a good connection with Musgrave on his visit to Berkeley. Millner's committed and Cal is likely doneRunning Back: (1-2)Byron Cardwell has got a ton of options but Cal, UW and Utah have risen to the top. He'd like to wait until after his senior season and at this point, the Bears are well positioned. Jordan Hornbeak is not a dissimilar back to Cardwell but is likely to make a decision sooner and Cal's in a strong position with the Fresno productCardwell's commitment after an earlier commitment from another running back is the only way I see Cal taking two backs. Wide Receiver: (2-3)Mavin Anderson - the four-star verbal commitment anchors this offensive class and provides elite speed and explosive athleticism to the WR room. Has tremendous YAC potential with his strong build and he will be a factor in the return game as well.J Michael Sturdivant - The second four-star WR commitment provides another deep threat to compliment Anderson. Lonyatta Alexander - the strong-bodied and strong-handed Alexander is a Geoff MacArthur clone with better speed. While ASU may get his early verbal, I'm predicting on signing day he becomes a BearOffensive Line: (4)Bastian Swinney is already committed and is a perfect book end tackle.Will Reed has a lot of big time football (Tennessee, Michigan State) and academic (Yale, Brown, Dartmouth) offers and in the end will choose the best combination of both with Cal.Noah Pulealii is a mauler with a ton of upside. He really likes the hometown Bears and will finish up this class with power and strengthJordan Moko - The JC All American really likes what Cal is selling but a visit is needed to cement the fit. Assuming that happens, look for him to join a solid OL classTight Ends: (2)Jermaine Terry will end up being the catalyst for a 2021 class with a lot of local flavor. The commit has MVP potential on the field and as a recruiter.Keleki Latu is an athletic and versatile player who could be successful at OLB and TE. We like him at TE with his long levers helping in blocking and a big catch radius.DEFENSEDefensive Tackle/Nose Guard: (1)Jacob Schuster is an underrated beast. Incredibly light on his feet and athletic for a 300lb man. Cal has made him an early priority and in the end that will be the deciding factorDefensive End: (2)Akili Calhoun is the bookend early local commitment alongside his friend Jermaine Terry. Chalk up another explosive pass rusher for Peter Sirmon's defenseDerek Wilkins will not be able to ignore Terry and Calhoun's entreaties and will eschew Stanford, Oregon and Washington to give the Bears his pledgeOutside Linebackers: (2 + Rutchena)Patrick Hisatake - Hisatake has WDE/OLB versatility given his size a la Tevin Paul. Cal projects him as primarily an OLB and this will be a battle with ASU for his services with a signing day pledge going to the Bears.Hunter Barth gives Cal a hard-hitting hybrid Safety/OLB (Star) who can do a bit of everythingInsider Linebacker: (2)Kaleb Elarms-Orr is the top man on the board and he likes what's hearing from Cal. Feels like a preseason decision for the local OLB/DE who will convert inside for the Bears.Moses Oladejo adds more local color to the 2021 class. Man-sized with a high motor, Oladejo's passion for Cal will lead to his signature in DecemberCornerback: (2-3)Fatuvalu Iosefa 's commitment gives Cal a high ceiling and underrated cover man in the secondary. Ceyair Wright will be a great boundary cover guy with his length and good hips. A solid relationship with Yates will result in Cal getting his pledge over Oregon and ASUKaylin Moore the Oaks Christian prospect has Cal as a leader and I believe that solidifies to a commitmentSafety: (2-3)Kaleb Higgins will create a house divided with his brother at Stanford. Look for the Bears to convert him to safety where his physicality and versatility make him a great fitDJ Harvey - The VA Tech pledge is another of the COVID flips late in the process. Cal will stay on him and get a December signature
2021 Defensive War Room
9 mo ago by Bear Insider
2021 Defensive War Room
A look into who we see as some of the realistic defensive recruiting priorities in the 2021 recruiting class along with insight into the approach taken by the staff in their recruiting efforts

Career Stats

Season Pass Breakups Int T TFL Sacks
2018
SO
7 2 110 13 -
2017
FR
1 3 44 2 2.0
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Considered one of the best 30-40 prospects in the state and a top 250 national prospect. Displays the physical skills to be a major early contributor at the collegiate level with high professional potential.

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Considered one of the best 100 prospects in the state and a top 500 national prospect. Displays the physical skills to develop into a contributor over the course of his college career. Has the ability to become a professional prospect over time with development.

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Considered one of the top 250 prospects in the state. Has the physical skills to be a potential contributor at a D-1 program over the course of his collegiate career with significant development. Professional potential is low.
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