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Marve deciding between Purdue, Tennessee

5/13/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The Robert Marve watch will continue for at least a few more days, and a new team has entered the mix for the former Miami quarterback.

Sources familiar with Marve's situation told ESPN.com that the quarterback is considering joining Tennessee as a walk-on rather than accepting a scholarship offer at Purdue. Marve has taken official visits to Purdue, Nebraska, Arizona State and South Florida, with Purdue considered the frontrunner for his services.

Marve's father, Eugene, told me this morning that Robert had narrowed his list of choices to two teams but declined to name them. Eugene Marve said Robert likely will make his selection Friday or sometime next week. Robert Marve can take one more official visit, though he doesn't have any imminent plans to do so.

"There's a team that was thrown in, that we started investigating late and trying to get that information and put it against all the factors," Eugene Marve said. "That's the basic deal."

According to sources, that team is Tennessee. Not to digress too much, but is there any news story during the offseason that doesn't involve Lane Kiffin and the Vols?

Miami won't release Marve to Tennessee or fellow SEC schools Florida and LSU, so he would need to walk on and pay his own way in 2009 before competing for the starting job in 2010.

His other option would be a scholarship position at Purdue, which will have a wide-open quarterback competition in 2010. Justin Siller seemed the likely choice, but he was dismissed from school last month for violating academic policy.

Purdue remains in good shape for Marve, who seemed close to committing last week. But with Tennessee in the mix, all bets are off.

"It was a very good visit, probably one of the better visits I've ever had," Eugene Marve said of the trip he took to Purdue with Robert. "They were so organized there."

Though Marve grew up in Tampa, he won't shy away from transferring to a school a long way from home. His father, a former NFL linebacker, was born in Flint, Mich., and the family has a second home in Michigan.

"It's a nice little three-hour drive south," Eugene Marve said of Purdue, which recruited Marve out of high school.

Despite Marve's struggles at Miami, he would be a major addition to a Purdue program looking for a spark under new head coach Danny Hope. Siller could choose to re-enroll in 2010, but Marve, a heralded high school prospect, would provide depth at the quarterback spot.

Purdue still seems to make the most sense for Marve, but Boilermakers fans will need to wait a little longer to learn whether he's coming to West Lafayette.