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Gelen Robinson high on Michigan

9/17/2012

There’s a certain benefit in having an older brother play sports at a school that’s also recruiting you. And defensive lineman/linebacker Gelen Robinson (St. John, Ind./Lake Central), younger brother of Michigan freshman basketball player Glenn Robinson III, is feeling that advantage in learning more about the Wolverines.

“He came home with a bunch of stories to tell me about all of his practices and the people he has met,” Gelen said. “He always tells me it’s just great up there. That’s his home away from home now. He loves it.”

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound prospect has been on Michigan’s radar for quite a while, and though he hasn’t picked up a college offer yet, he still ranks the Wolverines as one of his top schools. Accompanying Michigan are Illinois and Purdue, his father’s alma mater. Outside of those three, he’s mainly hearing from other Big Ten schools.

Recruiting is obviously a very serious business with the Robinson family, having already experienced it a few times. But Robinson said his father isn’t pushing him any direction, only stressing that he needs to make the right decision for him. But Glenn III is stumping hard for the Wolverines.

“I think he wants me to go to Michigan more,” Robinson said. “But my brother would understand if I made a different decision because that was the best choice for me.”

Robinson will be at the Michigan-Notre Dame game this weekend and the Illinois-Penn State game next weekend, and he’s hoping to attend a Purdue game later this season.

But his main focus right now is high school football. Lake Central is already 5-0 this season, with Robinson’s production being a big part of that. Through those games Robinson has made 43 tackles including 19 for loss. He has registered seven sacks, 16 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and even one scoop and score.

“I’m just trying to train even harder,” Robinson said. “Going in earlier, lifting more than others just to set myself apart from everyone.”

The hard work has paid off on the field. Now, he’s hoping that it begins to pay off with college offers. And even though he has yet to get that first offer, he’s using that absence as motivation to work harder.

“I know when the time is right, I’ll get them,” Robinson said.