Tide Lands Quarterback

It only took a week for Plant quarterback Robert Marve to make his decision after receiving a scholarship offer from the University of Alabama. Marve becomes the Tide's eighth out-of-state verbal commitment for the class of 2007.

"I committed to Alabama about half an hour ago," said Robert Marve from Tampa, (Fla.). I am part of the Crimson Tide now. My coach took me out bowling tonight since I made my commitment. It's pretty exciting."

"I had such a great feeling about Alabama following the camp. Things won't change much since I live here in Tampa. I was their No. 1 quarterback. I competed against eight or nine really good quarterbacks last week at their camp, and I came out on top. I felt like it was a good time for me to go ahead and make my commitment."

Marve was beginning to see his recruitment take flight and was the top quarterback at the Scout.com All-American combine in Jacksonville earlier in the spring.

"My decision was close," he said. "N.C. State and USF were right up there. I kept getting more offers. N.C. State and Duke offered me last week. It was just a matter of time before other schools like Iowa and Iowa State were going to offer. I had a good feeling about Alabama and that is where I want to go."

The coaching staff made a strong impression on the Florida gunslinger.

"My recruiting coach was [Dave] Ungerer," Marve said. "I liked him a lot. We have a good relationship. I really like all the coaches. Coach [Mike] Shula knew my dad from the NFL. Coach [Joe] Kines actually coached my dad."

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