Boilers land a big dog in recruiting

Purdue's latest commitment for the 2014 class has a familiar-sounding name for Boilermakers fans.

Linebacker Gelen Robinson gave his verbal pledge to Darrell Hazell on Monday. He's the son of former Purdue basketball great Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Gelen excels on the football field, where he had 13 sacks and five forced fumbles last season for Lake Central (Ind.) High School. He also won a state wrestling title and finished second in the shot put at the state track and field finals.

Robinson -- whose brother Glenn Robinson III plays basketball at Michigan -- was also being recruited by Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and others. But Hazell went after him hard, and he's a guy the Boilers needed to reel in given the legacy connection.

ESPN's RecruitingNation does not have Robinson rated, but Rivals.com has him as a four-star prospect. Some schools were looking at Robinson as a defensive end, but Purdue plans to play him at middle linebacker. That's big, because linebacker has been a sore spot for the Boilermakers the past few seasons.

Soon they'll have a little big dog to plug in there.