Robinson legacy lives on at Purdue

Gelen Robinson will become the next generation of his family to become a Boilermaker.

Gelen Robinson had every reason to become a Purdue Boilermaker. His family is forever linked to the university, it's the in-state school that he grew up with, and the football program offered the chance for early playing time.

Those are just a few of the factors that were out there for the three-star linebacker. But Robinson didn't want any outside influences to make his decision. This had to be his own decision. In early July, he made it known—the Robinson legacy at Purdue would continue.

"I was completely sure the moment that I verbally committed," Robinson said. "It's been a long process and I've always had faith in the coaching staff and what they're doing at Purdue. They're turning the program around and it's great to know I'm going to be a part of it."

Robinson will sign his national letter of intent to Purdue on Wednesday, officially becoming a Boilermaker. It's a day he's been long awaiting.

"It'll definitely mean a lot to me," Robinson said.

"It means that I've paved my way and I'm going to Purdue. It's going to be a great day for me."

Robinson will be a linebacker with the Boilermakers, though his specific role in the defense has not yet been defined.

At Purdue, Robinson will play for coach Marcus Freeman, one of his lead recruiters. The two have built a close relationship.

"I'm very excited," said Robinson. "Obviously, I know his background as a player at Ohio State, he was a great player and is a great coach now. I've got a great relationship with him already and I'm hoping to improve over the course of time, which I'm sure it will because he's a great guy and a great coach."

It will be an exciting day, both for Gelen and his entire family. The legacy in West Lafayette will live on.

"For me personally, Purdue has always been in my eyes," Robinson said. "It's been the school I've grown up around and the school in the state that I've looked up to for everything. It's just an honor for me to go in the same path."

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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