Robert Marve Calls Tide Coaches, Talks Miami

Scout.com four-star quarterback Robert Marve, from Tampa-Plant, (Fla.), committed to the University of Alabama back in June and remained firm with the Crimson Tide despite seeing his stock rise during his senior season. When Mike Shula was released by Alabama at the end of the season, it allowed several schools to make a pitch to the coveted senior.

The hiring of Nick Saban by the Crimson Tide made an impression on the record-setting quarterback from the Sunshine State. Marve talked to the new staff at Alabama, but there are other teams making their push for his services.

"I have talked to a couple of (Alabama) coaches," Robert Marve said. "I called and talked to coach Saban and coach (Lance) Thompson to try to get familiar with them."

"I knew I needed to call them because they are only allowed to call me a certain amount of times, so I knew I had to call them. My head coach (Robert Weiner) told me it was a good idea. I tracked them down. I just wanted a start a relationship with them. That is most of what recruiting is, and that is a big deal to me. They told me I am still their No.1 guy, and that makes a difference in me going there."

The conversation did not settle the matter for Marve though. Without an offensive coordinator in place in Tuscaloosa (just yet) and with other schools calling, he feels he needs to make sure he makes the right decision.

"I am definitely going to take all five of my trips," Marve said. "I have only talked to those guys (new staff) a couple times. I want to make sure everything works out. I just want to make the best choice for myself. I don't know if that is at the University of Alabama, the University of Miami or maybe Purdue, UCLA or Hawaii. Any of those schools. I am not sure, right now."

Coach Nick Saban will get his chance to keep his top quarterback on board very soon. Marve visits Tuscaloosa on what is shaping up to be an important date, January 12. Scout.com five-star defensive tackle John Brown, from Lakeland, (Fla.), will also visit.

"I am going to Miami on the 19th, and there may be a couple of schools like UCLA or Hawaii. It seems there are two or three colleges coming out of the woodwork," Marve said.

The University of Miami has recently become a major player for Marve's services.

"Since coach Shula left, they have been recruiting me really hard," he said. "Just telling me about the good situation they have down there. How close it is to my home. Really, the closer to home probably the better, but at the same time I wouldn't mind going out to Hawaii or UCLA if I had to go out there."

Marve went on to discuss his earlier verbal commitment to Alabama, "The thing with coach Shula was just how much I liked him, and the coaching staff. My dad knew them in the past, but coach Saban has a great reputation. It is just like when you meet someone new. You are not sure if you like them or not until you get to know them. That is what I am trying to do at Alabama--just get to know them. I really love the school and the campus. I would really love to just work as hard as I can and give it everything I have to be the starter there. Just try to bring back the Roll Tide."

"I really didn't know a lot on coach Saban. I know he has been on a whole bunch of stuff on TV. Every time I turn on the TV I see him. He seems like a really cool guy. I talked to him today on the phone as a matter of fact. He seems like someone I would like to play for. He is really honest with me and up-front, that is what I like out of a college coach."

Robert Marve has become good friends with fellow Florida high school players and Alabama commitments Sherod Murdock and Jermaine McKenzie (who switched his commitment from Alabama to Miami). The three had originally wanted to play on the same college team. We asked Marve how that would play into his decision.

"I talked to Murdock more during the season," he said. "We talked about our situations. I know he was 100-per cent before Shula was fired."

"If Jermaine thinks switching to Miami is the best for him then I am happy for him. As a matter of fact, we are visiting Miami together on January 19th. Jermaine called me when coach Saban took the job and told me, "Robert you know you are in a great situation. You can come down to Miami and play with us where we need you, or you can go to Alabama where they need you. It is a good situation either way you choose, Miami or Alabama."

Stay tuned to Scout.com as we continue to track the recruitment of Robert Marve.


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