Robinson high on Purdue

Gelen Robinson returned to Purdue's campus, just weeks after his first trip to West Lafayette, taking in the Boilermakers' Monday afternoon practice. Boiler Sports Report offers a detailed update on the talented defensive end.

The plan was for Gelen Robinson to spend his spring break visiting colleges. His itinerary changed a bit, but for good reason.

Gelen's older brother, Glenn III, is playing in the NCAA Tournament with Michigan, so he is traveling to Dallas for the weekend. Even on a tight schedule this week, Robinson was able to visit Purdue's campus on Monday.

During his time in West Lafayette, Robinson took in Purdue's practice, watching the action from the sidelines while interacting with the coaching staff. At the end, he was able to meet with first-year head coach Darrell Hazell.

"It was great," Robinson said of the visit. "I feel like the Purdue coaching staff, they're all great coaches. I can tell they're doing well and already brought some excitement to Purdue. Everyone there knows Coach Hazell and how great of a guy he is.

"Everybody had told me how great of a coach he was and how the players look up to him. I got to see that for myself. Everybody comes together there. He just brings a lot of excitement to the program."

Robinson, a standout at Lake Central (Ind.) High School, heard about Purdue's up-tempo practices from former high-school teammate David Yancey, a current Boilermaker. As Robinson watched closely throughout the two-hour workout, he grew more excited.

"It made me want to get out there and practice with them," Robinson joked.

The abbreviated tour of colleges concluded on Wednesday when Robinson visited Illinois' practice in Champaign.

Robinson, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound defensive end, currently holds offers from Purdue, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ball State and Ohio. He remains ‘undecided' at the moment, but his strong feelings about the Boilermakers have them in good standing.

"They're very high up there right now," Robinson said of Purdue. "I've gotten a couple visits in there and I like their staff and how they run practices. I'd say they're very high on my list right now."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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