Tennessee is in the mix of schools hoping to land quarterback Robert Marve, although Purdue is thought to be the frontrunner for the transfer from the University of Miami, a source close to the situation told the News Sentinel on Wednesday.
A decision should come soon so Marve can enroll in summer school. He would be eligible for the 2010 season and have two years of eligibility.
Marve could not be reached for comment by the News Sentinel.
Marve has taken visits to Purdue, Nebraska, Arizona State and South Florida since leaving Miami.
Miami refused to release Marve to UT, Florida and LSU, meaning he would have to pay for his school for one year if he transferred to one of those schools.
Miami placed the restrictions on Marve’s transfer because it believed tampering might have occurred with those three schools.
"The University of Miami has reason to believe that the Marve family or others on behalf of the Marve family contacted those institutions during the 2008 season regarding Robert's potential transfer prior to him having been given his release by UM," the university said in a statement released in January. "We are not suggesting any wrongdoing on the part of any of the universities mentioned."
Marve told The Associated Press that he has not had any contact with those schools.
"I don't understand it," Marve told the AP. "It's crazy. I don't understand why they wouldn't give me the other three schools. I'm not sure. I just want more options for me, so I can do what's best for me. I just don't understand this."
UT and Florida were thought to be two of the schools Marve was most interested in before Miami’s restrictions were announced.
"The only reason I can even see them saying that I can't go to those three schools is what people have been saying on blogs and message boards and what not," Marve told the AP. "The blogs were saying I was transferring before transferring even crossed my mind."
If Marve chooses Purdue, he can be placed on scholarship immediately.
Marve is originally from Tampa, Fla., but his family has a second home in Michigan.
Marve signed with Miami in 2007 as one of the top pro-style quarterback prospects in the nation. He missed his freshman season due to injuries suffered in a car crash before the season began.
Marve was suspended by the Hurricanes twice for a game, including the Emerald Bowl. Marve passed for 1,293 yards, nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions, starting 11 of 13 games this past season.
UT is searching for a quarterback to at least provide depth for the 2010 season. The Vols have only one experienced quarterback scheduled to return for 2010: junior Nick Stephens.
The Vols have offered scholarships to Jesse Scroggins of Lakewood (Calif.) High School, Andrew Hendrix of Moeller High in Cincinnati and Jake Heaps of Skyline High in Sammamish, Wash. UT will also evaluate Cameron Newton of Blinn Community College in Brenham, Texas, and Matt Simms of El Camino Community College in Torrance, Calif.