Is Marve the answer for Tennessee?

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

It's no secret that Tennessee's biggest need right now is at quarterback.

The Vols would like to sign two in the 2010 class and have immediate playing time to offer.

It makes sense that they would be interested in former Miami quarterback Robert Marve, who's narrowed his choices to Purdue and Tennessee. Marve already has college experience, having played last season as a redshirt freshman. A big-time recruit, he also wouldn't come in as wide-eyed as a freshman.

Here's the other thing: If Marve winds up at Tennessee, you know he genuinely believes he could come in and be the starter right away in 2010. Miami has refused to release Marve to Tennessee, which means he would have to pay his own way through school his first year in Knoxville.

Nick Stephens would be a senior in 2010, and the Vols are currently scouring the country for high school quarterbacks.

It's never ideal to be starting a true freshman at quarterback in the SEC, but that's certainly a possibility for the Vols in 2010. They have their sights set on several highly rated quarterbacks in this upcoming class, namely Jake Heaps of Sammamish, Wash., Andrew Hendrix of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jesse Scroggins of Lakewood, Calif., and Jonny Miller of Denver, Colo. All four are on the ESPNU 150 Watch List.

If the Vols do get Marve, it will be interesting to see how that affects their recruitment of high school quarterbacks.