The News-Sentinel sports staff will feature a different verbally committed player for the four NCAA Division I football programs (Ball State, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue) in Indiana leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 5.
Here is today's Purdue featured commit:
Position: Defensive end
High School: Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana
Weight: 231 pounds
Commitment date: July 8, 2013
Other scholarship offers: Ball State, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Vanderbilt, Missouri.
Ranking: Rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, the No. 5 player in the state of Indiana and the weakside No. 13 defensive end in the country; rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and the No. 44 defensive end in the country.
Purdue depth chart at position: Redshirt senior Ryan Russell, senior Jalani Phillips, redshirt senior Jules Williams.
Scouting report: If there is one player in this Purdue recruiting class that can be looked upon as an immediate impact guy, it would be Robinson. The son of Boilermaker legend Glenn Robinson will likely step right in to the Purdue defensive depth chart both because of his abilities and the fact that Coach Darrell Hazell's team desperately needs an upgrade at the position after Purdue notched a total of 14 sacks last season. Robinson has impressive pass rushing skills that include the ability to engage then shed blockers, as well as his quick first step and propensity to fire off the line with intensity. One issue could be Robinson's size, as he is too small at this point to really consistently play defensive end. Perhaps he will be a DE/LB hybrid that so many teams employ that can play the run and the pass equally. Wherever he lands, the Purdue defense will be better with him on the field.