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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Purdue always has been on Robert Marve's radar as a possible transfer destination.
But after the unfortunate news out of West Lafayette last Friday, Purdue might be moving up Marve's list in a hurry. Quarterback Justin Siller's dismissal for academic violations thins Purdue's quarterback depth for the future. Siller was only a sophomore, and he already had experience as a starter from 2008.
Marve, the former Miami quarterback, is in West Lafayette Thursday and will reportedly spend a few days checking out Purdue's program and campus. He's still considering six schools: Purdue, Texas Tech, Michigan, UCLA, Nebraska and South Florida.
If there's anyone who can sell a Florida kid like Marve on playing at Purdue, it's Boilers head coach Danny Hope, who signed 14 recruits from the Sunshine State in February. Marve will have to sit out the 2009 season, but with Siller gone, he would have an excellent shot to win the top job in 2010. There is the possibility that Siller could re-enroll at Purdue for the 2010-11 academic year.
I talked with Purdue offensive coordinator Gary Nord last night. Like Hope, Nord really likes redshirt freshman quarterback Caleb TerBush, but he considers senior Joey Elliott to be the starter until proven otherwise. Elliott will be gone next year, and though Purdue signed two quarterbacks in February (Najee Tyler and Rob Henry), Marve's experience should put him at or near the top of the depth chart.
As for Siller, Illinois State has been rumored as a potential destination. New Redbirds coach Brock Spack, the longtime Purdue defensive coordinator, recruited Siller to Purdue but hasn't talked to Siller about the possibility of transferring to Illinois State.
"I'm concerned for his well being. This is out of character for him. It's very shocking because he's a great kid," Spack said Wednesday. "Justin comes from a great family and is a great athlete. I hope he gets all his ducks in a row and gets everything figured out over there."