Marve has strong visit to Purdue with Big 12 stops to follow

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Former Miami quarterback Robert Marve nearly went to Purdue during his first recruiting period.

So it wasn't a surprise that Marve found a lot to like when he visited with the Boilermakers and new coach Danny Hope over the weekend.

Marve made his first recruiting visit to the Boilermakers among his potential suitors. He plans to examine Nebraska this weekend when the Cornhuskers are expected to have a near capacity crowd of about 80,000 at Memorial Stadium for the Red-White spring game.

Marve also is considering Texas Tech, UCLA, South Florida and Arizona State.

But Purdue scored strongly in his first visit, according to Robert Weiner, who coached Marve in high school at Plant City, Fla.

The Boilermakers already have some playing time available at quarterback after the departure of Justin Stiller for a university violation. The Boilermakers would have three quarterbacks eligible in 2010, when Marve would be first eligible.

"Purdue was one of the top schools on his list even before some of these recent things happened," Weiner told the Indianapolis Star. "But I think it plays a lot in Purdue's favor.

"All of the places he's considering have a similar situation to where if he goes in and does what he's supposed to do, he might have a good opportunity to get himself on the field in a time frame you would expect after he would have to sit out a year."

Marve already has a close friendship with Purdue receiver and Tampa native Adam Wolf. He also knows Purdue defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo.

Marve passed for 1,293 yards for the Hurricanes last season, tossing 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.

I'm wondering if Marve's recruitment is kind of like when I look for cars. The most recent one that I've examined is my favorite and the ones I looked at before that are kind of shunted to the side.

That's why I still think he's likely to return to South Florida where he could be closer to his family members and have more of an impact on the Bulls' developing program. But I'm still guessing he'll take a long look at the rest of his potential locations before making his final decision.