February 15, 2009

Ambles to meet with SEC coach

LOCUST GROVE - Henry County's Markeith Ambles said he's coming to Athens Tuesday.

One of the state's top prospects for 2010, the ultra-talented wide receivers has offers from virtually every top school in the entire country, except Georgia.

Will that change? Maybe, maybe not. Hopefully, the rising junior said he hopes to know more after he says he will meet with Georgia head coach Mark Richt Tuesday in his office at the Butts-Mehre Building.

"I know the reason why (Georgia hasn't offered), but I'll go up to meet with Coach Richt on Tuesday and talk about some stuff," Ambles said during an exclusive interview with UGASports the Cast-Sports Game Combine Saturday at the Strong Rock School.

Although Ambles declined to discuss the reasons why he believes Georgia has not made an offer, he said he holds no ill-will toward the program for not having done so.

"I still want an offer but they just haven't done it," Ambles said. "That's about it."

Already, Ambles said that he holds offers from eight SEC teams, including Tennessee, LSU and Alabama, which gave him a verbal offer prior to the summer prior to his sophomore year.

"That was awesome that Alabama thought so much of me to make me an offer that soon," Ambles said. "I liked it over there a lot. Then again, I like every place that I've seen so far."

Saturday, Ambles was just supposed to be in Locust Grove to take some pictures during the combine for high school sophomores and juniors.

But after the action began, Ambles just felt the urge to join in, and did making a number of excellent catches during 7-on-7 drills.

"I just like to compete, so when I saw the other guys out there I just had to jump in," Ambles said. "It was a little hard when you don't have a lot of chemistry with the quarterback, but it was alight."

So far, Ambles said the recruiting process has been a blast.

"It's awesome, I love everything about it," Ambles said. "I like all the coaches, I like all the facilities. Everybody and everything is just awesome."

Ambles, who made his first big impression on coaches during a strong performance at the Army Junior Combine, will soon be making a trip out west.

Detrich Riley, a 6-1, 185-pound cornerback prospect from La Canada (Calif.) has invited Ambles to come out west where they will take an unofficial visit to USC, which is one of the schools to have offered the receiver a scholarship.

"There's a lot of schools I'm interested in, but right now all of them are about the same," Ambles said. "I'd like to go somewhere that I could play early, but mostly I just want to go somewhere that I can feel comfortable."

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