St. John (Ind.) Lake Central defensive end Gelen Robinson started out as an enigma to most college coaches who were figuring out where he fit at the college level, but now the four-star prospect is starting to reel in the scholarship offers.
"I thought at first that most teams were waiting to see if I had grown a little bit, which a lot of teams I think still are," Robinson said. "Purdue, I know, wants to put me at linebacker and some other teams are just looking at me as an athlete. Teams have seen that I have grown and that's helped a lot."
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Robinson picked up his first offer earlier this winter from Illinois. That was followed by offers from Purdue and Minnesota in the last few weeks.
"The most recent was a couple weeks ago when I went to Purdue for a basketball game," Robinson said. "A lot of my friends and family were happy with that one because it is close and a lot of people are familiar with it around here."
Robinson is very familiar with Purdue because his father, Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson, starred for the Boilermaker's basketball team in the early 1990's. He is less familiar with Minnesota, but also happy to have picked up an offer from the Golden Gophers.
"That came a couple weeks ago too and I was pretty excited about that one too," Robinson said. "I talked to the Minnesota coach a little bit last year. They were still looking at me as both linebacker and d-line.
"I definitely want to get out there and check them out, the only issue is finding the time to make the long drive or flight there. Hopefully soon I can plan something out where I can get up there."
Robinson has transitioned from wrestling - where he finished as the state champion in the 220-pound weight class - into track season, but plans to work in a few college trips over the next month.
"I think I will definitely go out to Purdue and Illinois soon, maybe during spring break," Robinson said. "Other than that I haven't had any visits planned yet."