Robinson readying for a decision

Gelen Robinson is preparing himself for his college decision. The Purdue target discusses that process and more in this Boiler Sports Report update.

When you're a highly touted football recruit, the summer may not seem like a vacation. With visits and camp appearances behind him, Gelen Robinson is trying to enjoy some time away from the football field.

The month of June for Robinson brought a tour of trips which included Purdue and Illinois, the two schools which are standing out the most. A decision will come when Robinson feels he's ready. For now, it's time to relax a little bit.

"I'll know when the time is right," said Robinson of a future commitment. "Hopefully, if I can get it out of the way this summer, that would be great, but I want the time to be right for it."

Robinson isn't ruling out any options and does not have a list of favorites. His offers include Purdue, Ball State, Bowling Green, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and Vanderbilt.

With Purdue, the connection goes a long way back. Both of his parents attended Purdue (his father is former Boilermaker basketball star Glenn Robinson), and the new coaching staff has made him a top recruiting priority.

Robinson's recruitment to Purdue has been fronted by assistants Marcus Freeman and Jafar Williams, but a new recruiter has emerged recently. He is Purdue offensive tackle commit Denzel Ward, who has stayed in regular contact with Robinson through texting and Twitter.

"He has been pretty happy with his decision to go to Purdue," Robinson said of Ward.

"I find it great that they're showing interest in building their class, which is a great thing going into a school and trying to make an impact. That shows a lot about how they're building as a school."

While Robinson has a good feel for each of his options, he needs his parents to be on the same page with him. At Purdue, the family certainly has familiarity with the school, but Gelen wants them to feel comfortable with his other options, too.

Robinson's recruitment continues on, with a decision coming anywhere in the next few weeks to the next few months.

"Me personally, I want to get it out of the way soon," he said. "But I wouldn't have a problem holding if off a bit."

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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