Marve sets Big 12 stops on his visit of national powers

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."