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March 7, 2013
Last month, Gelen Robinson picked up an offer from Purdue despite having to scuttle plans to attend its junior day.
Robinson, a four-star defensive end from St. John, Ind., decided to take Wednesday night as an opportunity to follow up. Before attending the basketball game to watch his brother, Glenn Robinson III, play for Michigan, the younger Robinson met up with the football coaches.
Their father, former Purdue basketball star Glenn Robinson, also made the trip and spoke with head coach Darrell Hazell.
"It was great," Gelen Robinson said. "He's a great coach. I can tell he's got a great personality. He's just one of those type of guys you like to be around. He was mainly just seeing what I like in a school I would go to. Basically he got a chance to talk to my dad and everybody about what he's trying to bring to the school and what they're building right now."
Along the way Robinson met with linebackers coach Marcus Freeman and took a brief tour of the facilities. Hazell offered the 6-foot-1, 230-pound as a linebacker.
Robinson also linked back up with former teammate David Yancey, a running back who stayed committed to Purdue through the coaching transition then enrolled early. Yancey caught Robinson up on how offseason workouts have been going.
"I was just finding out more about how they do things around there and how the players feel about them," Robinson said. "I got a chance to talk to one of my old players, David Yancey, who went there this year. He was just telling me about how good of a staff they were and how much they've been improving everybody."
Once the recruiting part ended Robinson watched on as Michigan grabbed an 80-75 win on the road. His brother scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds.
But the major takeaway for the younger Robinson was having the family all in one place.
"My whole family came out to see my brother play," he said. "It was real close, obviously, so everybody was nervous. But it was so great having them there. They came out to see my brother and show support but they also came for me on the recruiting visit."?
Next up for Robinson is a planned trip to Michigan on Sunday for the regular season basketball finale, although right now there isn't a football component attached to the trip. Right now there are no other spring visits scheduled.
Illinois and Minnesota are other offers on the table. Checking out a possible college destination in Purdue gave Robinson perspective moving forward.
"It was great being up to a school I know I could play at,"? Robinson said. "They showed me around, they treated me very well. It was a great experience and it gave me a better look at what they're really about. Overall it was just a great day."
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