Robinson Blazing Own Trail

For Indiana defensive end/linebacker Gelen Robinson, basketball runs in the family. But for him, football is where it's at.

Gelen Robinson (pronounced GEE-LEN) is the younger brother of Michigan freshman basketball player Glenn Robinson III and the son of Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson, who played at Purdue.

While his brother and father are both known for their work on the hardwood, Gelen is taking a different path and making his mark on the gridiron. And so far, things seem to be working out well for him.

"We're doing well so far," he said. "We just came off of a win against one of the best teams in the state. I think I'm close to 10 sacks so far and a lot of tackles for loss."

Robinson's visit to Illinois for the Penn State game was his third visit to an Illinois event in four months.

"I came to the Nike camp here," he said "and I also went to the Mount Carmel camp that was run by Illinois."

But this time around, Robinson was able to see more of the campus on a gameday, watch the players, and meet with the coaches.

"I think this visit is different because I'm on campus during gametime," said Robinson. "I get a better feel for how they actually play. I wanted to see how they play because I've never been down for a game before."

Robinson likes what he sees in Illinois overall.

"I know they have a great program, and it's a great school," he said. "So I'm just excited to see what they have."

Robinson is observing the Illinois defense not only to see how they play, but also to have something to gauge his own play against.

"The way they run their defense is a little different than my high school," he said "but I'm always watching their ends and their linebackers and how they do things."

Robinson is at a size where he can play both linebacker and defensive end. He's worked out at camps at both positions, but feels like one is more natural than the other.

"I'm mostly a linebacker in high school," he said. "On certain occasions, I will put my hand down and play D-End. But most colleges want me at linebacker because of my size right now. I've been playing linebacker for about 2-3 years. I'd consider that my natural position because it suits me right. But even if I did play defensive end, it still comes to me pretty naturally."

Recruiting is still in the early stages for Robinson. He's still waiting for his first offer, but the attention is already there from some schools that are household names.

"I haven't had any offers yet, but I keep in contact with Michigan, Illinois, of course, Purdue," he said. "I've been getting a lot of mail from Michigan State, UCLA, Florida. I can't think of the others off the top of my head. I'm not sure who could be first, but I'm hoping some schools are close to offering."

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