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Illini First To Offer Robinson

Saint John (Ind.) Lake Central outside linebacker/defensive end Gelen Robinson reported to 247Sports that Illinois became the first program to offer him a scholarship.

Robinson is the son of former Purdue basketball great and NBA veteran Glenn Robinson Jr. His older Brother Glenn III plays basketball at Michigan.

The 6-foot-2, 232-pound Robinson was in Champaign on Sunday, his third visit to the Illini campus.

“It’s pretty great,” Robinson said. “I was pretty excited, one because it was my first offer, and two because it’s always great being down here. Coach (Tim) Beckman himself talked to me right when I got here and gave me an offer.”

The son of former Purdue basketball great and NBA veteran Glenn Robinson Jr., the younger Robinson is one of the Hoosier State’s top overall athletes. As a junior, he registered 95 tackles including 47 stops for loss, 13 sacks and five forced fumbles. He is the favorite to win a wrestling state championship in the 220-pound weight class where he is currently 39-0 heading into the regional round of the state tournament. Robinson earned All-State Honors in both wrestling and track as a sophomore, on top of the numerous football accolades he’s accumulated.

Robinson visited Illinois for the Penn State game, and thinks Beckman has the program trending upward heading into his second season.

“I think it’s going to be picking up in the next few years,” Robinson said. “They have young players. It’s going to be pretty exciting to watch the next couple years.”

Robinson added that he sees a potential fit in Champaign.

“I know they’re a great academic school as well as athletics, and I feel comfortable down here,” he said.

Michigan is the school Robinson favors, and his brother Glenn Robinson III is a freshman on the Wolverines basketball team. Other schools showing interest includes Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue.

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