Tennessee picked up one of the country’s top wide receivers here Tuesday morning when Georgia standout athlete Markeith Ambles chose to be a Volunteer.
InsideTennessee.com caught up with Ambles Tuesday morning, a very excited young man explained his decision.
“I can’t tell you how happy and excited I am right now,” Ambles said. “My parents and I had hoped to have the decision made by August 1, that was our time frame from the start of the process.”
Ambles attended Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp last week, and decided that Tennessee was the best place for me. Rumors circulated on internet message boards that Ambles tried to make a commitment to the Gators, something that he cleared up Tuesday.
“Going into Friday’s camp Tennessee was in the lead,” Ambles said. “After the camp they still led for my services. At no time did I commit to Florida. One of the major differences for me between the two schools is the coaching staff.”
Ambles, one of the top wide receivers in the country and a four star prospect by Scout.com, explained that he was impressed with Lane Kiffin and his new coaching staff.
“They are so high energy and love being at Tennessee,” Ambles said. “That impressed me; this coaching staff has so much NFL experience that was another major difference between UT and Florida.”
How did Coach Kiffin react to the news Tuesday morning?
“He was very excited,” Ambles said. “He told me that he jumped out of his chair when I told him the news, I could hear the chair hit the floor.”
Scout.com Southeast Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons has seen Ambles live in action on several occasions.
“Markeith is one of the better wide receivers I have seen in person,” Simmons said Tuesday. “He has gotten bigger, he is the complete package. He has good speed. When the lime light is on he really shines. He is the type of wide out that always wants the ball in his hands. He has the talent to be an all SEC wide out for Tennessee before his career at Rocky Top is over.”
Ambles finished his junior season with 53 receptions for 993 yards and 13 touchdowns. He returned a kick-off for a touchdown and also returned two punts for touchdowns. He says he can bench 235-pounds, squat 350 and claims a 37-inch vertical jump.
Ambles plans to major in accounting and reports a 2.9 core GPA and an 18 ACT.
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