Being a top-notch athlete runs in 3-star defensive end Gelen Robinson's family, and teams in the Big Ten are starting to notice.
Gelen is the son of former NBA player Glen Robinson, who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1994 NBA draft and went on to have an 11-year career—eight of those with the Bucks. It's worth noting that he played his college basketball at Purdue.
Gelen is also the brother of current University of Michigan basketball player Glenn Robinson III. GRIII checks in at 6'6'', 210 pounds and is currently scoring 10.9 points per game to go along with 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists as a freshman.
It's rather obvious that the defensive end recruit has a great pedigree, so the expectations for his career should be on par. He's 6'2'', 232 pounds and is ranked as the No. 23 strong-side defensive end in the country and the No. 6 recruit from the state of Indiana, both according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Jake Brown of GoldandBlack.com is reporting that Robinson recently took a visit to Purdue to watch the Boilermakers take on his brother and the Michigan Wolverines in basketball. He has already picked up an offer from Purdue as a linebacker, and according to Brown, a few other Big Ten programs have shown interest:
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."
As of right now, Robinson's three offers are from Illinois, Minnesota and Purdue, though he does have an interest (247Sports) in Arizona, Indiana, Michigan and Notre Dame but has not yet picked up offers from those programs.
Purdue looks to have a great pitch for the defensive end/linebacker considering his father's ties to the school, and he spoke very highly of the visit per Brown's report. Indiana would be another interesting option if the Hoosiers were to make an offer, considering Robinson hails from Saint John, Ind.
Finally, there's Michigan, which would obviously be a rather elite offer for the 3-star, and its an intriguing option because of his brother. With that said, I'm not sure if Brady Hoke would extend an offer simply because of family ties, and frankly, I doubt that he would for just that reason. Let's not forget that scholarships are extremely valuable, and there is a limit.
With that said, Robinson does have incredible potential as a football player, and it's not just because he has a talented brother and father.
He displays good speed and athleticism, but he also plays a very strong, physical brand of football. He has the strength to take on a lead blocker, disengage and make the tackle, and he has the quickness and discipline to spill to the edge and "set the edge" as an outside linebacker.
He'll be very good against the run because of his strength, and he should also be a more than adequate pass rusher at the college level.
Robinson is already getting looks from a few Big Ten programs, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the list of teams interested in landing his commitment grow very soon.
He has the pedigree and the potential to be a great football player.