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Purdue football lands difference-making Robinson

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Four-star prospect has deep Boiler roots

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 6:08 pm

When it comes to Gelen Robinson, like father, like son.

In other words, Purdue football has landed a big-time recruit.

The four-star defensive end out of Lake Central High School in northwest Indiana has committed to play for the Boilers and first-year coach Darrell Hazell. It highlights Purdue's renewed in-state emphasis with a difference-making recruit.

The 6-1, 231-pound Robinson is the No. 13 defensive end in the country for the Class of 2014, and the No. 4 player in the state of Indiana according to Rivals.com, a national Internet recruiting service.

He chose the Boilers in part because his father, Glenn Robinson, was an All-America basketball player for Purdue in the 1990s. An older brother, Glenn Robinson III, will be a basketball sophomore at Michigan next season.

The younger Robinson doesn't play basketball, but he does just about everything else, and does it well. This past season he won the state 220-pound wrestling championship with a 49-0 record. He finished second in the state track meet in the shotput and the discus. In football last season he had 95 tackles, including a remarkable 47 for loss. He had 13 sacks and 29 hurries.

Robinson is committed to playing football in college, although doing track is a possibility.

Last month Robinson went to camps at Purdue, Illinois and Michigan State. Missouri and Vanderbilt had offered him scholarships.

It helped the Boiler cause that former Lake Central standout David Yancey will be a football freshman for the Boilers this fall.

Robinson is Purdue's seventh commitment and seconds from the state of Indiana. The other is Mishawaka Marian offensive lineman Kirk Barron.

Also committed are Texas quarterback David Blough and receiver Trae Hart, Arizona kicker Austin McGehee, Georgia receiver Gregory Phillips and Florida offensive lineman Denzel Ward.

All have verbally committed, but it isn't binding until they sign a national letter of intent. The earliest that can happen is next February.