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July 8, 2013
Gelen Robinson was the recruit Purdue had to have.
Monday, it got him.
The Rivals.com four-star recruit and Lake Central High School star, the son of former Purdue basketball legend Glenn Robinson, committed to the Boilermakers.
"When I went down there last (for camp in June), I was pretty set on them," Robinson said. "Going down there and being able to interact with their coaches like I did, it was great. And I got a better feel for their campus. I definitely knew then that I wanted to be a Boilermaker."
Robinson chose Purdue over offers from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Minnesota, Vanderbilt and others.
Though recruited by several programs with defensive end in mind, the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder expects to play middle linebacker at Purdue.
Purdue's prior commitments have sort of banded together to help recruit other prospects for Hazell's first full signing class, doing so under the motto, "This is our Purdue."
Even though Robinson's mind has essentially been made up for weeks, he said the other commits' efforts did influence him.
"It made me want to go there more," Robinson said. "It's like they had a chip on their shoulder and are really motivated to help build the class."
Now, he joins them.
"I did want to get it over with so I could help with the class, too," Robinson said. "Sometimes when a school gets a big commitment, it can get a lot more players to look at that school."
To call Robinson's commitment "big" for Purdue would be grossly understating it.
And for Robinson, it would seem like a comfortable move.
Proximity to home has always worked in the Boilermakers' favor and allowed him to make multiple visits to a campus he spent some time around growing up due to his family's associations to the school.
Additionally, former high school teammate David Yancey is at Purdue, upping it comfort quotient even more.
"It was the best possible choice I could have made," Robinson said.
Emphasis on the I.
Glenn Robinson's fame around Purdue played little role in Gelen Robinson's decision.
Purdue didn't try to make it, either.
"I knew they were recruiting me for me and not just for anybody in my family," Gelen Robinson said. "That was definitely a big part in it."