Gifted receiver Ambles sold on Kiffin and Tennessee; more notes
One of the biggest recruiting coups of the year for first-year Tennessee head coach
"I know I can do a lot of things. I'm not afraid of contact but I also know that I can go deep for that home run play," Ambles said. "There are a lot of ways I can be used on the field and I think my versatility fits well with Coach Kiffin's offense."
It was a great senior season for Ambles, who went over 1,000 receiving yards (hauling in 13 touchdowns) and over 400 yards on the ground. He also nabbed two interceptions while playing in the secondary. It was that type of polished talent that led to offers from nearly every program in the SEC and ACC, including one from Tennessee.
Ambles speaks highly of Kiffin, saying that the Tennessee coach was the major reason why he chose to verbal to the Vols early in the recruiting process. Kiffin not only gave Markeith a winning sales pitch but the player says that the coach convinced his parents, too. Simply put, Kiffin put in a charm offensive to land the U.S. Army All-American.
"He told my parents the philosophy of the staff and the school," Ambles said. "He told them they had nothing to worry about if I went to Tennessee. He said they would take good care of me."
He first visited Tennessee as a junior when the Volunteers hosted Florida. He instantly became intrigued by the program and the entire atmosphere around "Rocky Top." Even though the team was coached by
And Ambles is quick to point out that the recent string of arrests and disorderly conduct at the program won't deter him from putting on the orange and white of the Volunteers next fall. Ambles said that incidents like those over the past month in Knoxville will "happen at any program." Rather than be fearful that the program is running wild, he is confident in his own upbringing to help him make right decisions and isn't concerned about the arrests.
At the same time that he says he is still a solid verbal to the Volunteers, Ambles continues to entertain offers and interest from other programs. On Sunday night, he had what he termed "a really good" in-home sit-down with West Virginia wide receivers coach
"I will visit Tennessee in January on the 16th and go to West Virginia a week after that," Ambles said, also adding that he is trying to schedule a December visit to either Alabama or North Carolina. Despite the visits, he says that he is "still solid to Tennessee right now.
"Unless something crazy happens, Tennessee is where I plan to sign," Ambles said.
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