St. John (Ind.) Lake Central defensive end Gelen Robinson put on another standout performance at a national camp earlier this month, earning second team all-Army Junior Combine honors down in San Antonio.
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Robinson still waits on his first scholarship offer, but attention from college coaches has increased in recent weeks.
"The IU coach, the Illinois coach and the Bowling Green coach came and talked to my coach at the school," Robinson said. "I'm pretty sure my coach knows the Indiana coach because they have worked with them in the past, but that was my first time meeting him."
Assistant coach Mike Ward was the representative from Illinois who was through Lake Central earlier this month, and Robinson plans to see him again soon.
"This weekend I am actually going to Illinois for a visit," Robinson said. "They invited me to the game. I haven't had a chance to schedule other junior days because of wrestling, but this is on a Sunday."
Robinson is also a standout wrestler who has posted a 39-0 record on the mat so far this winter. His wrestling responsibilities have prevented any other campus visits this winter and has not allowed him to get too active in the recruiting process yet.
"I think coaches just want to see me get down on campus more," Robinson said. "I am always so busy, I need to schedule a couple more visits. The end of the wrestling season is coming up shortly, so I will be able to do that more and see what recruiters are saying."
At the Army Combine, Robinson earned recognition after working out at defensive end. In high school he lines up at both defensive end and linebacker, and college coaches are looking at him for both positions as well.
"I think it really just depends on the coach, the team and the type of defense they run," Robinson said. "Most colleges seem to have me at d-end because that's what I go to camps for. I think Illinois is looking at me more for linebacker, but I'm pretty sure other schools are looking at me for d-end."
Robinson is the son of former Purdue basketball standout Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson, and his older brother, Glenn Robinson III currently plays hoops for Michigan. Both Purdue and Michigan are schools of interest as Robinson selects his own college destination.
"Purdue just recently got their new coach, so I am sure he is taking some time to get familiar with the program," Robinson said. "At Michigan, I haven't talked to the coaches recently, but hopefully I can soon."
Robinson finished his junior season with 95 tackles, including an amazing 47 for loss and 13 sacks to go along with two fumble recoveries.
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