WR Ambles tells Tennessee’s Kiffin he wants to be a Vol

McDonough’s Markeith Ambles, one of the best wide receivers in Georgia, made Tennessee’s Lane Kiffin a very happy man Tuesday morning. Ambles called to say he wanted to become a Volunteer.

“He was very ecstatic, excited,” said Ambles, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior at Henry County High. “He started yelling and screaming telling the rest of the coaches.”

Ambles couldn’t say whether any of the Tennessee coaches ripped off their shirts.  But they’re getting a good player indeed.

Ambles had 55 catches for 993 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior last season. Nobody could say for sure but Ambles’ coach estimates he had upward of 50 scholarship offers.

“He’s a jewel,” said Henry County coach Mike Rozier. “Very smooth, very fluid, a great quick step, great hands, very physical. He plays free safety for me and he’ll hit you.”

For Ambles, it’s a relief just to have the recruiting process behind him. It the end it came down to Tennessee and Florida, with Alabama, North Carolina and West Virginia somewhere close behind.

“It was just the best school for me,” said Ambles, who did not consider Georgia. “They had everything I was looking for in a school. Now I can concentrate on working hard and trying to push my team to playoffs.”

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rod

July 28th, 2009
12:06 pm

rod

July 28th, 2009
12:07 pm

Weird he never had a ga offer. Really want to know why

RockyTop

July 28th, 2009
12:12 pm

Oh yeah, Rocky Top gets another one, Tennessee is starting to return to National Title Status, Get ready boys, it’s on

mike duncan

July 28th, 2009
12:15 pm

Tn. coaches didn’t rip off there shirts, they ripped off their pants and then……….

ATL Dawg

July 28th, 2009
12:16 pm

Ambles did not consider Georgia because Georgia did NOT consider Ambles either. Ambles had NO scholarship offer from UGA. Just stating the facts. Peace out.

mike

July 28th, 2009
12:17 pm

Why did the real USC pull off him, why did UGA never offer, why did under armor pull his offer to play in their all-star game?

Clay

July 28th, 2009
12:26 pm

H OBAMA

July 28th, 2009
12:27 pm

AMBLES AMBLES ON UP TO THE LAND OF OUTHOUSES AND MOONSHINE AND DID NOT RAMBLE ON OVER TO GT OR SLITHER DOWN TO LAND OF GATORS AND PYTHONS OR ASCEND UP TO ATHENS. ANYWAY THE COACHES AT UT ACTED LIKE CHILDREN GETTING A TOY AND THAT MADE HIM HAPPY. ALLAH BLESS HIM AND GIVE HIM 70 VIRGINS (IMPORTED OBVIOUSLY SINCE THERE PROBABLY ARE NOT 70 VIRGINS OF LEGAL AGE IN THE SOUTHEAST) ‘

DAWG

July 28th, 2009
12:27 pm

the kid attends HCHS, the school in which I graduated from. Seen him play many, many times. Good talent, and very quick. He has an extremely hot head, and it’s all about “him”. I watched him get kicked out of a game for cursing at the refs, and then sat there and cussed out that retard of a coach, Mike Rozier. And I can almost guarantee you that the kid is not 6′2″. Doesn’t seem much like a “team player” to me.
There is a reason he was not recruited by UGA, and there’s a reason he had his chance taken away from playing in the under armor all-star game.
Football is a team sport, not a “me” sport!

AceDawg

July 28th, 2009
12:27 pm

Like it or not, Kiffin is right that him having a big mouth to start his career has added momentum to UT and is helping in recruiting. We’ll see how it all plays out, but realistically, teams like Bama, UGA, LSU, Tennessee, etc are never more than a year of good recruiting and coaching away from being a great team. May the rivalries continue.

TommyGator

July 28th, 2009
12:33 pm

Dawg,

Sounds like he’s right up Kiffin’s alley.

They can stockpile all the receivers they want, they STILL have no one to throw the ball.

UGA DID NOT OFFER...

July 28th, 2009
12:34 pm

Because Ambles has had issues at several different schools (several, b/c he was kicked out of one).

He would not have made through UGA’s ethics and compliance committee. Leave it to UT though to take a shot on someone like that.

Ken

July 28th, 2009
12:56 pm

Glad he’s UT’s problem. Got to respect Richt and his program to steer clear of the riff raff.

DAWG

July 28th, 2009
12:57 pm

TommyGator – I heard that coach Rozier’s (HCHS’ Football Coach) son is now heading to UT. He was drafted by the Red Sox in 2003 or 2004, but didn’t do much in the minors. Now he’s heading for UT as a walk on. I think that is the best that UT can do…..a walk on QB!
HaHaHa! The circus continues!

GaDawgs7

July 28th, 2009
1:05 pm

Hmmm, he did not consider Georgia, huh? WHY would you mention a school he didn’t consider? In that case, to be accurate, he also didn’t consider Notre Dame, Stanford, USC, Texas, Texas Tech, Missouri, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Brigham Young, Georgia Southern, Slippery Rock, Or ANY other college in this country that DIDN’T offer him!!!! AJC continues its standard of mediocrity, apparently in honor of Terrance Moore!

TYLER

July 28th, 2009
1:07 pm

WELCOME TO BIG ORANGE COUNTRY MARKIETH! How many arrest did georgia have this year? How many did Tennessee have? 0. and you want to talk about trouble at a university.. really? Georgia fans keep on hating…….. what you do best

SmartyVol

July 28th, 2009
1:10 pm

I see dawg fans trying to convince each other they have nothing to worry about in regards to TENNESSEE. Remember, this is the same TENNESSEE that won 9 years in a row not too long ago. Keep whisling past the grave yard fellas….you’ll be alright.

DAWG

July 28th, 2009
1:14 pm

I guess he better get ready to wear orange for a while. I heard that lunch line at the local prison gets pretty rowdy on the meatloaf days!

Gator Growl

July 28th, 2009
1:26 pm

Word is he wanted to commit to Florida but the Gator coaches took a pass. He was very impressive at “Friday Night Lights” and if he can become a good citizen and student then I think the Vols just struck gold. I just hate that he went to UT with that joke of a HC there. Anyway, in order for the UF coaches to take a flyer on such a talent either they couldn’t resolve the “other” issues or maybe they have a bigger fish on the line. Either way, as far as being an athlete is concerned, Ambles is a stud.

GaDawgs7

July 28th, 2009
1:35 pm

This just in…Ambles also didn’t consider Presbyterian or Wofford!

BigMike

July 28th, 2009
1:49 pm

Didn’t need him at UGA, and he knew it. With M.Brown, O.Charles, A.J. Green R. Wooten and the Kid coming next year he saw the writing on the wall. UT fans you better get a QB, and fast. Good luck kid. Whatever you do though, don’t run across the middle with ogletree waiting on you. It’s gonna hurt real bad.

Mark

July 28th, 2009
1:55 pm

Have fun Vollies – Gator coaches met with him at FNL and declined to offer. Take that as you will.

theTruth

July 28th, 2009
2:05 pm

Uh, TYLER, UGA has had zero arrests this year. Tn has had TWO back in Feb.

tenn.DAWG

July 28th, 2009
2:07 pm

I don’t understand people ripping kiffin,he’s just trying to help a poor sole.Must be running a half-way house,he’ll take anybody regardless of baggage,moody,a gang raper,what’s next a convicted murderer.Oh,wait already have three of those alums.

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Diamond Dog

July 28th, 2009
2:16 pm

(He would not have made through UGA’s ethics and compliance committee. Leave it to UT though to take a shot on someone like that.)

Is that the same committee that allowed double digit dawgs arrested last year to stay on the team?

WHat a joke

TampaGator

July 28th, 2009
2:18 pm

The kid was at FNL in Gainesville this past weekend and did fairly well. He was very athletic and caught everything thrown to him. He was very physical as well, and he has the potential to be a big time receiver with the Vols. But he was not a good fit at Georgia for some reason and the Gators already have a commitment from a “big receiver” and are hot after two other receivers they really want. Obviously, Georgia did not show any interest in him and they need all the receivers they can get. You have to wonder why. Bad fit I guess. I think Tennessee is going to be good for the kid. I hope he does well, except against the Gators, and becomes a productive team player. Watch what you say, Dawg fans, you are just giving the kid motivation to come to Athens and hurt your team in the future. I really don’t like Kiffin personally so far, but his players seem to like him a lot and he is a good recruiter. He may just turn that program around up there. If he continues to get talent like this kid, he will.

Les W. Moore

July 28th, 2009
2:19 pm

1980? How many of you were born then?

FootballFan

July 28th, 2009
2:22 pm

My understanding is Markeith Ambles went to Griffin High School and was expelled for assaulting a teacher. He then went to Henry County so that he could play football. Ambles previously stated he went to Athens to talk with Mark Richt about “some stuff”. The stuff turned out to be that neither UGA nor Georgia Tech would offer Ambles because they knew he was a punk.

SmartyVol

July 28th, 2009
2:22 pm

I appreciate all the dawg concern for our QB situation which reminds me of my favorite Larry Munson quote: “My God, they’ve(VOLS) just beat us again, with a first basemen playing quarterback”. That would be Todd Helton now with the Rockies.

D Smith

July 28th, 2009
2:23 pm

If anyone has to watch out for running across the middle it is the Georgia receivers. As Knowshon what happened when he met Mr. Eric Berry. BOOOOOOM!!!!!

Dawgs suk

July 28th, 2009
2:26 pm

Knowshon got blown up by Berry! Marlon Brown is next!

TampaGator

July 28th, 2009
2:26 pm

Mark…he did have an offer from Florida. That does not mean that the Gator coaches haven’t cooled on him and he knew if, for whatever reason. Believe me, it wasn’t because this kid isn’t very talented. He is. He could be an All-SEC receiver in the future for the Vols. But you have to be a team player at Florida, and Georgia is obviously stressing that need as well. If the kid has an attitude, then he is better off not being at Georgia and Florida right now. Kiffin and he should get along just fine based on “attitude” alone. But good luck to the kid.

mike

July 28th, 2009
2:32 pm

Maybe he and bryce brown and bryces cousin agent can all share a condo there in knoxville and start a reality show or something.

TampaGator

July 28th, 2009
2:34 pm

FootballFan…”your understanding” is NOT factual evidence. So to slander the kid without providing that evidence kind of makes you a punk, doesn’t it? By the way, schools don’t release information to the public when a student is kicked out of school. Your “understanding” is therefore only “hearsay” and hearsay might as well be “nosay” to me. Again, if this kid had committed to Georgia or Florida, we Georgia and Florida fans would be overjoyed by his commitment based on his talent level alone. After all, he is only 17, and 17-year-olds can change, you know. And I am not saying he needs to change either.

salinsa

July 28th, 2009
2:35 pm

At one point, he had a USC offer and was a heavy lean towards USC. However, for whatever reason, the Trojans pulled the offer. Then his offer to play at the All America game in Florida was pulled. Additionally, UGA didn’t show that much interest in offering him supposedly for off the field problems. Where there’s smoke there’s fire and I hope this kid changes whatever has caused several teams to shy away from him because he’s apparently very talented and there are few things as sad as someone who wastes their talent

Jeff

July 28th, 2009
2:44 pm

Tennessee is the Oakland Raiders of college football…..they WILL take a chance. Tampa Gator are you a LAWYER???

Adam

July 28th, 2009
2:45 pm

Well, he hasn’t been arrested yet. Marlon Brown is cocky as well, that didn’t stop Saint Richt. Keep up the hate, I love it.

How many top 10 recruiting classes is it going to take for UGA to actually win something.

FootballFan

July 28th, 2009
2:46 pm

TampaFan, my hearsay is factual. Do your homework and you will see that Ambles was kicked out of school and was not offered by Richt. It is funny because this was posted on the Vols message board on April 29, 2009, so it’s not like it was some big secret.

jvols

July 28th, 2009
2:49 pm

GA Dawg, chill out. The reason that they mentioned UGA because it is the biggest local program. There is no sense in naming 100 schools that did not offer him. And why would Wofford, etc. offer a player that had offers from several big time programs (excluding, of course, UGA)?

Flo-Ri-Duh!

July 28th, 2009
2:56 pm

Ambles is a team player but he thinks HE is the whole team and that is the problem …… when he gets in the SEC he will realize that he is not superior to the rest of the world and maybe he won’t become a Pac Man Jones or a Michael Vick but it will take UT baby sitting him night and day to keep him straight but I hope he has a change of attitude and becomes a good person and ends up in the NFL but as a changed person for the better – not a jerk.

volgirl

July 28th, 2009
2:59 pm

God, I love College football and all the chest beating you guys do! Now, hush up, get out from in front of the TV (or better yet sit down in front of me at Neyland Stadium)and hand me a cocktail. I have TN football to watch!!

utfaninga

July 28th, 2009
2:59 pm

You people crack me up. There are 2 UNDENIABLE truths since CLK has taken over. 1. Team GPA has gone UP. 2. There have been 0 arrests this off season. I bet Florida wishes they could say the same. You may not like his mouth (and I’m not crazy about it either), but the man is stockpiling talent. Teams love to play for coaches who believe in them. For example, the UGA-UF game when UGA rushed the end zone. Richt encouraged it because he believed in his team…and they rallied around that. Beware the sleeping bear in Knoxville.

Voice of Reason

July 28th, 2009
2:59 pm

wow Eric Berry hit Knowshon. Isn’t that what happens to football players? If the only thing you can brag about is your SAFETY making a bit hit on our running back you have real problems. And if Berry “blew up” Knowshon, how come he played in every game after that for the rest of the year? I belive he was back in on the next play as well. Wow yeah, really big hit by the only decent players on your team Tenn fans. Also, you can have all the Ambles and Moody type troublemakers from Georgia. We don’t want them and certainly don’t care.

gdavis

July 28th, 2009
3:00 pm

The only reason he is playing at HCHS is because he wasn’t welcome back in Griffin. Where there is smoke there is fire, and there is plenty of smoke around this kid. He will end up in the JUCO ranks before never being heard of again.

Voice of Reason

July 28th, 2009
3:04 pm

Adam- learn to read bud. It never said we didn’t recruit him because he was cocky. Most football players are. It was because of behavior problems that led to him getting KICKED OUT OF A HIGH SCHOOL! Don’t recall that happening to Brown, although it did just happen to one of UF’s commits for next year (read that in the news somewhere, you’ll have to look it up)

FootballFan

July 28th, 2009
3:04 pm

ESPN.com reports that Ambles had his offer to play in the Under Armour all-America game. Why was that? Oh yeah, because he beat up a teacher and got expelled from school. He also had his scholarship offer revoked from USC when they found out. Again, this is not some big secret.

Voice of Reason

July 28th, 2009
3:08 pm

also Adam, UGA won an SEC championship 3 years ago and has averaged 10 wins per season. There are 12 teams in the SEC and only one can win the SEC championship and if you havent noticed, they have been having top 10 recruiting classes as well. It isn’t as if we have our top 10 recruits going against bottom of the barrel talent. This is a very deeply talent filled conference. It seems that until UGA goes undefeated every year for a few years, you losers will continue to say “how can you not win with a top 10 recruiting class?” For the same reason you can’t dumba$$

MegaT

July 28th, 2009
3:14 pm

You DAWG fans are something else. I didn’t know Georgia was so perfect. You act like Athens is Rome and Richt is the Pope. Good grief! Get a life and understand that there are other options out there that are better than Georgia. Let’s face it, you’ve had and presently have great talent, but you just can’t get over the top. You should have put UT away while we were down. Too late now little puppies. The Big Orange Express is gearing up to trample the hedges and get you running away with your tails tucked between your legs. Here we come and there is NOTHING you can do about it. Go Vols!