Decision Time Nears for Marve

Robert Marve, a former University of Miami quarterback, has been considering several schools as destinations he would like to transfer to. He completed his visit circuit with a trip to ASU earlier in the week, and has now narrowed down his choices. Devils Digest caught up with Marve following his visit to the Sun Devils to get the latest on his plans and which program he's likely to join.

"My visit went really well," said the 6-1 210 Robert Marve who was hosted by Arizona State wide receiver Kerry Taylor. "I really liked the campus and this football program is going to be back on top. I got to tour all the facilities, see the dorms, talked to the coaches and I was impressed by how much NFL experience they all had.

"The campus reminded me a lot of back home in how diverse it was. The palm trees and hot weather looked like home too."

Last December, Marve was granted release from Miami, with the condition that he couldn't transfer to an ACC school or to SEC schools Florida, Tennessee and LSU. The quarterback said that the Sun Devils' offensive coordinator, Rich Olson, who recruited Marve while he was still coaching for the Hurricanes, contacted his high school head coach after he got released and conveyed to him ASU's interest.

"I was interested right off the bat when they contacted me," acknowledged Marve. "I looked at their quarterback situation and saw that I would maybe have a chance to play."

Marve who is a redshirt freshman, would have to sit out the 2009 season and then have the 2010 and 2011 seasons as the last two years of his eligibility.

Prior to ASU, Marve visited Nebraska and Purdue. Since he doesn't plan to take any more trips, these three schools along with UCF, are the only programs he's considering transferring to. "I'm done with my visits and I plan to make a decision in a week or two," he said. "Each school had something different to offer. So, I don't like one school over the others right now. The distance from home won't be a factor. I have relatives all around the country. I actually have some in Phoenix and San Diego."

Marve started all but two games for the Hurricanes this past season, completing 116 of 213 passes for 9 TD's and 13 interceptions. The two games the signal caller was suspended for were the season opener against Charleston Southern for disciplinary reasons and the Emerald Bowl against Cal for missing class.

The quarterback declined to go into specifics concerning his suspensions at Miami, and stated that: "It had nothing to do with football, just a conflict I had with the coaches at Miami and that's why I decided to leave."

Marve added that each story has two sides and when asked by prospective schools he was forthcoming as to the circumstances revolving those incidents.

The Tampa Plant product was a four-star recruit and won Florida's prestigious "Mr. Football" award his senior year after leading Plant to the Class-4A State Championship.


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