St. John (Ind.) Lake Central defensive end Gelen Robinson had a standout junior season and has been dominant on the camp and combine circuit for the last year, but the 2014 prospect had to wait on his first offer until Sunday.
Robinson is also a standout wrestler who has compiled more than 40 wins this season. His wrestling responsibilities, though, have made it difficult for the 6-foot-1, 230-pound prospect to attend college junior days this winter, including Illinois' yesterday.
Illinois is a school that Robinson has wanted to visit, however, so he made arrangements to travel to the campus on Sunday and attend the Illini's home basketball game against Michigan - a team on which his brother, Glenn Robinson III, is a starting freshman forward.
Before Sunday night's game, however, Robinson was able to experience many of the same things yesterday's junior day visitors saw in Champaign, including talking with the Illinois coaching staff. It was during a conversation with Illinois head coach Tim Beckman in his office that Robinson learned he had picked up his first scholarship offer of the process.
"I am pretty excited," Robinson said. "It's just nice being on this campus. It's a great feel."
Other Big Ten schools recruiting Robinson include Indiana, Michigan and Purdue.
As a junior, Robinson recorded 95 tackles including 47 for loss and 13 sacks. He is coming off a second team all-combine performance at the U.S. Army Junior Combine in San Antonio earlier this month.