Big 12: Robert Weiner
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Former Miami quarterback Robert Marve will visit Nebraska and Texas Tech next week on his swing of potential schools he is considering.
Marve's high school coach Robert Weiner told the Omaha World-Herald that his former player considers the two Big 12 schools as "wild cards" in the search for a new program.
"He hasn't seen those places and has no familiarity with those places at all," said Weiner, head coach at Plant High in Tampa, Fla. "Neither recruited him out of high school. Those are places he really hasn't done a lot of looking into until recently."
Marve will be in Lincoln from Friday through Sunday around his trip to the Cornhuskers' Red-White scrimmage. He also plans a mid-week visit to Texas Tech next week to visit with coach Mike Leach.
Weiner told the World-Herald it's still to early to consider where Marve might end up. He's already visited Purdue and he also plans to make trips to Arizona State and UCLA before making his decision by mid-May. And he's still considering an offer to play at South Florida, where he would be closer to his ailing father.
"Robert's a gut-feel type of kid," Weiner said. "He'll kind of know as he goes along which schools are attractive to him and which ones he probably won't go to."
Marve passed for 1,293 yards for the Hurricanes last season, tossing nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He made 11 starts as he shared time as a starter with Jacory Harris.
Marve's season was marred by a pair of suspensions. He was kept out of the first game of the season and the Hurricanes' Emerald Bowl loss to California by Miami coach Randy Shannon.
Nebraska has been on Marve's list of suitors from the beginning. And Kody Spano's recent knee injury would open up a chance for Marve to take a more active role for him to take an immediate role in the Cornhuskers' program, although he would not be eligible until the 2010 season.
And the chance to see the Cornhuskers' program with the excitement of the spring game is intriguing for those in Marve's camp, Weiner told the World-Herald.
"I think this will be a good trip for him, particularly with how good the spring game is going to be," Weiner said. "He'll get to experience all that hoopla."
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Nebraska and Texas Tech still rank among the finalists for Miami quarterback Robert Marve, who is transferring from the Hurricane program.
Robert Weiner, Marve's former high school coach at Plant High School in Tampa, told Florida reporters Monday that Marve will begin making trips this weekend when he visits Purdue. Other trips he has scheduled over the next month include Texas Tech, Nebraska and Arizona State.
The Sun Devils are a new entry into the Marve sweepstakes and apparently have replaced Michigan, which recently picked up a commitment for another drop-back passer set to arrive next season.
Marve also could visit UCLA after spring practice finishes. And he still includes hometown USF among his finalists.
The St. Petersburg Times reported that USF might have the ultimate advantage for Marve's immediate playing time. If he plays with his hometown school, he could petition for an NCAA hardship waiver because of his father's medical issues.
I still think that playing for USF makes the most sense for Marve. But the fact that he's scheduled recruiting visits across the country over the next few weeks might indicate that playing close to his family isn't his major reason for the transfer.
Marve has scheduled his trip to Nebraska for the Cornhuskers' April 18 spring game.
With Patrick Witt leaving the Nebraska program, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said he might be interested in considering what Marve could provide for his team. Marve would sit out a year as a transfer and be eligible for the 2010 season.
"With Patrick leaving, it kind of leaves a hole in the class," Pelini said. "So if it was the right guy, and the right situation, the right kid, it'd be something we'd be interested in possibly. Specifically him, I don't know. But we'll see how it plays out."
Marve passed for 1,293 yards for the Hurricanes last season, with nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He split time as a starter with Jacory Harris.
The season was marred by a pair of suspensions for Marve. He was kept out of the first game of the season and the Hurricanes' Emerald Bowl loss to California by Miami coach Randy Shannon.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Nebraska has been added to the teams that former Miami quarterback Robert Marve is considering as he prepares to transfer out of the Miami program.
The Lincoln Journal-Star reported that the Cornhuskers are among Marve's current six finalists. Others include Michigan, Purdue, Texas Tech, South Florida and UCLA.
|Marc Serota/Getty Images|
|Robert Marve threw for 1,293 yards and nine touchdowns last season for the Hurricanes.|
"That is the final six right now, but there is time for others to still jump in the game," Marve's high school coach, Robert Weiner, told the Tampa Tribune.
Marve started 11 games for the Hurricanes as a redshirt freshman last year, throwing for 1,293 yards, nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
But he was also suspended twice by Miami coach Randy Shannon for violating team rules -- for the season opener and the Hurricanes' 24-17 Emerald Bowl loss to California.
Earlier, Marve was said to be considering Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, but both of those schools reportedly have already ruled Marve out.
I'm a little suprised that Bo Pelini would become involved in this drama for a couple of reasons. First, the Cornhuskers appear to have a nice quarterback mix for the future with Zac Lee and Cody Green already in place. Also, the Nebraska program under Pelini hasn't been active in seeking disgruntled star players from other programs who are looking for a new opportunity. I can't see Marve being a good first player to break that trend.
But Marve would definitely provide an upgrade of talent for the Cornhuskers at quarterback. And he would be working with one of the best offensive coordinators in the game with Nebraska's Shawn Watson.
I'm still thinking that Marve will end up close to his home in Tampa. His father, Eugene, a former NFL linebacker, is battling prostate cancer and has said he wants his son close to home.
Also, I wonder if it was a coincidence that Marve was home this weekend on the USF campus in Tampa, coaching players from Tampa's Plant High, his old school, at a seven-on-seven tournament.
Who knows, USF coach Jim Leavitt might have given him the grand tour of his facilities when he was there. Or at least told him how important it would be to have a former hometown standout play for his team over the final two seasons of his college career.
Marve must sit out the 2009 season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining after that.