Big Ten Signing Day: Gelen Robinson coming to Purdue

Big Ten Signing Day: Gelen Robinson coming to Purdue
February 7, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Big Ten Signing Day

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There are few days as frantic as National Signing Day. And sometimes it can be a difficult enough task to try and keep up with news of one team, let alone 12 of them.

Well, now that all the Signing Day hubbub has died down, it’s a good time to take a look at what happened in the Big Ten. How did the teams do? Who are the big-name recruits coming to the conference next season? And how happy were the coaches with their respective hauls? We’ve broken it down, team-by-team.

Purdue Boilermakers

(Rivals rankings: 12th Big Ten, 75th nationally)

Is Purdue a football school or a basketball school? For the Robinson family, now it’s both. Gelen Robinson, the son of Boilermakers basketball legend Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson, is the headlining member of Purdue’s 2014 football recruiting class. The younger Robinson is a four-star defensive end. Unlike the other Robinson son, Glenn Robinson III, Gelen picked his dad’s alma mater. Glenn III plays basketball at Michigan.

Purdue’s next top recruit was David Blough, a three-star quarterback out of Texas. Blough enrolled early at Purdue, and given the poor play of Boilermaker quarterbacks next year, it’s possible Blough could be in the mix at starting QB.

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Top recruit: Don’t be surprised if other Purdue athletics coaches come to Darrell Hazell asking to borrow Gelen Robinson. The new Boilermakers defensive lineman was a state wrestling champion and a state runner-up in both shot put and discus.

Coach speak: “That’s the big thing, you want to get guys in that can compete right away,” Hazell said. “And obviously we’re in the business of playing guys who are the best at their position. We’ll have to make some decisions during camp next year: Who can help us win football games? And we’re going to throw them all out there early to see who can compete.”