Robinson building bonds with Boilers

Gelen Robinson has several college options on the table, and is working toward narrowing his list. Purdue has an edge on some of the defensive end's suitors; what is it and will it make a difference? Boiler Sports Report offers the latest with the Lake Central (Ind.) standout.

The summer will be critical for Gelen Robinson. With several offers on the table, he will use time away from school and football to evaluate his college options.

Robinson, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound defensive end, has been offered by Purdue, Bowling Green, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Vanderbilt. He's still working toward picking favorites.

"I haven't had top-five [list] or anything yet," said Robinson when asked which schools stand out. "I'm going to go on a lot more visits this upcoming summer. I'll have a better idea of that in a few months."

The plan for Robinson is to work toward a decision after his summer slate of visits. The dates and schools for each campus tour have yet to be set. He hopes the long process identifies his top options.

"I think I'll know when I go on a field of visits and get a feel for all the schools," Robinson said. "I don't know exactly a time when I'll make that decision."

Two schools which have an edge in Robinson's recruitment are Purdue and Illinois, his first offers. The Boilermakers' new coaching has made the Lake Central (Ind.) High School standout a priority prospect.

"I like them right now," said Robinson of Purdue. "They're doing well. They are going to have a successful season with the new coach. I've met all the coaches and I feel good about the program."

Through his recruitment to Purdue, Robinson has built strong bonds with the new coaching staff, namely Marcus Freeman and Jafar Williams, his two lead recruiters.

"It's going well so far," said Robinson. "They actually came through and talked to my coach a few days ago at school. They've been around and gotten used to our staff. Me, I call them every once in a while, when I can, and try to keep in contact."

When asked about the prime factors which Purdue offers, Robinson starts with those coaches recruiting him.

"I've been keeping in contact with them a lot," he said. "They're a very good coaching staff, because I've talked to a lot of the players; [former high school teammate and current Purdue freshman] David Yancey has great things to say. Overall, it's a great, great school."

Robinson is the son of Purdue basketball great Glenn Robinson.

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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