Father doesn't expect Ambles to visit Vols

Markeith Ambles won’t be taking an official visit to Tennessee this weekend — and likely won’t ever.

Ambles’ father said Thursday his son will likely use his four remaining official visits to learn as much as he can about other schools.

“He already knows about Tennessee,” Keith Ambles said. “He’s seen just about everything. He probably will (visit) somewhere else because he wants to check out other schools and see what they have to offer.”

Markeith Ambles, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide receiver from Henry County High School in McDonough, Ga., decommitted from UT this week.

Ambles took his first official visit to North Carolina last weekend. He was scheduled to only take one official visit — to UT — before his recruitment was turned upside down by coach Lane Kiffin’s departure to Southern California last week.

Ambles is considering Alabama, LSU, and Southern Cal, according to his father, who claimed he didn’t know where his son would visit this weekend.

Keith Ambles said UT and North Carolina are both still being considered.

The Ambles family received a visit from new UT coach Derek Dooley, linebackers coach Lance Thompson and newly hired wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett earlier this week.

Keith Ambles said the family was impressed with Baggett, who joined UT’s staff after coaching with the St. Louis Rams in 2009.

“He seems like a nice guy and knows what he’s talking about as far as coaching wide receivers,” Ambles said. “He could have stayed where he was but he decided he wanted to go to Tennessee.”

Ambles said his son could wait until after National Signing Day on Feb. 3 to sign with a school. That will depend on when the younger Ambles makes his final decision.

“If he makes up his mind by signing day he’ll go ahead and sign,” Ambles said.

Markeith Ambles is considered one of the top receiver prospects in the nation and played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He originally committed to UT in July.

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Comments » 71

HallowedHill writes:

Just commit!

GO VOLS!

tnsportsman writes:

If Ambles wants to come to Tennessee great, if not see ya! We want players that love UT!

GO VOLS!

revjulian writes:

NOT first

TommyJack writes:

Wouldn't bet the casa on this one.

volzcrushm writes:

He is condidering LSU? and we just got a 4 star reciever from there. And, SoCal has landed two 5 star reiceivers already. Sounds like Baggett is the man, hope we get him back. GBO!!

ric1958 writes:

If he comes here it`s cool....if he dont it aint the end of the world. From what I`ve read he has an attitude problem. Maybe thats why Ga. and Fla. didnt offer him a scholarship.

wagee12 writes:

Vols have two or three wide receivers in this class without prima donna. 54 is right, team needs down linemen and linebackers much more than another receiver.

TennesseeGorilla writes:

Come to Tennessee, we will love u here, u can play here. Any other school couldn't guarantee playing time.

xstremzben writes:

Why would you not want your kid coached buy Baggett just look at his resume we realy need you here Markeith

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Wouldn't bet the casa on this one.

I'd bet mine that U.T. can do better than him, but he can't do better than U.T.

roloyo writes:

in response to volsrock54:

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Agreed. For some reason the name Kelly Washington keeps comin' to mind................as in "The Future".

tennrich1 writes:

Would be nice to land him but really our needs are lineman, lineman, and more lineman and a linbacker or two.....

Orangeatang writes:

Were guys like Ambles ever fans of any school when they were growing up? It just seems to me that I would want to play at the school that I was a fan of. Period. The bottom line is that if you are NFL material, you will invariably rise to the top, no matter who you play for (e.g. Jerry Rice). Just play for your favorite team and the rest will take care of itself. If you've got game, you've got game. End of story. Enough with the indecision--it just makes them look like the primadonnas that they probably are. If you grew up an LSU fan, go to LSU. If you grew up a Tennessee fan, go to Tennessee. This isn't rocket science folks.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to tennrich1:

Would be nice to land him but really our needs are lineman, lineman, and more lineman and a linbacker or two.....

and linebackers as well!

BigBadVol writes:

I want kids that want to be here. Not kids that want us to beg them to be here. Go after the kids that WANT to be a Volunteer!

go_vols_go writes:

If he ends up at usc I say we organize a mob to castrate ogre and lame.

volsfan4ever writes:

in response to tennrich1:

Would be nice to land him but really our needs are lineman, lineman, and more lineman and a linbacker or two.....

No doubt.We need to be focusing on OL right now.Probably 2 more.We need either corey nelson or christian jones.We also need either Ahmad Dixon to re-committ or Eddrick Lofton.Does anyone know who we might be in play for on the OL?I believe Torrian Wilson has commited to louisville and Chaz Green I hear is probably going to florida now.

volinlouisiana writes:

I don't know. I think the kid has a right to look around he hasn't signed anywhere and Kiffin and Co. did leave town a couple of weeks b4 NSD.
I hope we get him. You can't sign too many 5 star players and last I checked we don't have any committed at this time.

crimsonviper writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Wouldn't bet the casa on this one.

Si Casa el Kiffino.

volsfan4ever writes:

I wouldn't put it past kiffin a bit if he told Ambles,"Hey come to USC but don't say so right away so it doesn't look like I lured you away from UT!"

bobbytodd writes:

in response to volsrock54:

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Bryce Brown put things off also and I am sure you wish he played for someone else too. This kid was all UT before the shake up. Get a clue moron.

vol_4_fan writes:

Just my take from this young mans actions, we may be better off without him and move on to young men like the in state commit said, let's spend our limited time on kids who want structure, leadership and a team full of people with the same purpose! I know it may not be fair but does this not remind us of the pellet gun receiver who was all about himself? Go Vols

Orange_veins writes:

in response to volsfan4ever:

I wouldn't put it past kiffin a bit if he told Ambles,"Hey come to USC but don't say so right away so it doesn't look like I lured you away from UT!"

This!

vol88 writes:

I smell one of those three-caps-on-the-table things on NSD. Just pick up the orange one!

Orangeblood97 writes:

in response to roloyo:

Agreed. For some reason the name Kelly Washington keeps comin' to mind................as in "The Future".

My thoughts exactly. The entire process for this kid has been way too dramatic. Wanting to wait and choose after signing day? Sounds like someone doesn't want to compete for playing time. Regardless, it sure doesn't sound like Ambles wants to embrace Tennessee and the Big Orange Nation. If you don't WANT to be here, we don't WANT you here either.

GBO!

appalachianvol writes:

Ambles said he liked new coach (Baggett) seems to know what he what he is talking about coaching wide receivers! The arrogance! These kids are clueless! They've been fed so much adulation and believe what hey hear.! Truth is, the coach can't teach all he knows in 3 or 4 years. That is if the kid will listen while he is attending school.I hate these silly games these 18 year olds play.
We need kids that dream Big Orange!

JCJ1986 writes:

in response to volsrock54:

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Actually, he did. He was committed to Miami (FL), then changed his mind and started looking at UT, LSU, Oregon, USC, and Kansas State. Miami gave him an ultimatum and eventually pulled his offer. His drawn out was a drawn-out drama that we eventually won.

bobbytodd writes:

in response to volsrock54:

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If you read the last post about Brown being committed to Miami, then looking at other schools before coming to us then you know......the Moron is back is your court.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

These are the articles we want to see! No more So-Cal updates.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

I say if this kid is this undecided where he wants to be, let LK have him. He will fit in well with a coach who isn't committed either. He can learn from that staff and transfer after 1 year!

HattiesburgVol writes:

in response to Orangeatang:

Were guys like Ambles ever fans of any school when they were growing up? It just seems to me that I would want to play at the school that I was a fan of. Period. The bottom line is that if you are NFL material, you will invariably rise to the top, no matter who you play for (e.g. Jerry Rice). Just play for your favorite team and the rest will take care of itself. If you've got game, you've got game. End of story. Enough with the indecision--it just makes them look like the primadonnas that they probably are. If you grew up an LSU fan, go to LSU. If you grew up a Tennessee fan, go to Tennessee. This isn't rocket science folks.

Agree 100%

xxeman#277723 writes:

Ambles would be a good "get" but we have some other good recievers lined up. We need DBs, LBs, DTs, and MOSTLY OLs. We need to load up the open slots in this class with good prospects in those positions. I always felt the prev regieme (who were they again?) was too focused on ball handlers vs the hosses.

MidTennVol writes:

in response to BigBadVol:

I want kids that want to be here. Not kids that want us to beg them to be here. Go after the kids that WANT to be a Volunteer!

You know, I think that's exactly the right attitude for this program right now. If they want us to beg or show them some more "love," take the offer off the table and go to the next kid.

I think we've seen enough begging these past two weeks. Enough to last this program a long time.

roloyo writes:

in response to volsrock54:

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murrayvol writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Wouldn't bet the casa on this one.

I would recommend USC. Perfect fit. Just don't plan on being seen on the TV.

darbhoo writes:

GOOD. Pull the offer and give It to someone that wants it.

I have heard way too much about this prima dona kid. The best way to avoid a cancer is to cut it out early.

Please tell his father to tell him so since he doesn't have the guts to speak for himself. Let's go for real men with integrity AND ability.

pvvol writes:

We got good receivers...we need some D Linemen and depth at LB.

bobbarbilly writes:

You have a couple of weeks to decide Markeith before the orange train leaves you ambling at the station.

andy112382#209793 writes:

"Markeith Ambles won’t be taking an official visit to Tennessee this weekend — and likely won’t ever."

Wow.....don't try too hard trying to make this sound like some doomsday article...likely won't...EVER!!! Mwahahaha.....

american_pitvol_terrier writes:

Signing day is on the third day of the february for a reason PEOPLE! These decisions will affect the rest of their LIVES! He sounds a little"coddled" yeah. But how many elite athletes don't? As long as he's not another Kelly Washington, let the kid decide without judgement. If he wants to bleed ORANGE, so be it. If not, have a good life.

jobrando#216494 writes:

Joe Barry at Tmapa Bay in contention for D-coor job. I'd really prefer Thompson. With Barry Thompson will leave.

deputy658 writes:

If this kid comes to UT he could see early playing time,get the best quality coaching anywhere around,play in front of 100,000 plus be on national tv nearly every week and play in the greatest conference in the country or go to USC and be another face in the crowd. Whatever , we need big O Lineman. GO VOLS!!!!!!!!!!!

423tiger18 writes:

in response to tennrich1:

and linebackers as well!

No doubt we can always use good linebackers, but we have some very good LB's returning with playing experience...Nick Reveiz,LaMarcus Thompson,Herman Lathers,Savion Frazier,Nigel Mitchell-Thornton,Shane Reveiz,Greg King,Daryl Vereen, Chris Donald,Josh Hawkins.....I think we're looking pretty good at LB.

Go Vols!!!

DavidB writes:

in response to volsrock54:

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For once I wish people would consider what they post on here. Sure you are entitled to your opinion but no one here wants to hear your opinion. Choosing the right school is a huge factor in these kids life. Brown waited until after National Signing Day to make sure he made the right choice and it turned out out to be Tennessee. We need players period and I hope this young man chooses UT because that is where he feels the best fit.

slov writes:

in response to deputy658:

If this kid comes to UT he could see early playing time,get the best quality coaching anywhere around,play in front of 100,000 plus be on national tv nearly every week and play in the greatest conference in the country or go to USC and be another face in the crowd. Whatever , we need big O Lineman. GO VOLS!!!!!!!!!!!

you mean, another face on the bench, i'm sure. he'll be hangin' with scroggins.

slov writes:

in response to 423tiger18:

No doubt we can always use good linebackers, but we have some very good LB's returning with playing experience...Nick Reveiz,LaMarcus Thompson,Herman Lathers,Savion Frazier,Nigel Mitchell-Thornton,Shane Reveiz,Greg King,Daryl Vereen, Chris Donald,Josh Hawkins.....I think we're looking pretty good at LB.

Go Vols!!!

i think chris donald transferred.

GreerVol22 writes:

in response to volsrock54:

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your making a lot of assumptions for a guy who obviously doesn't have kids. Peyton didn't "love" UT when he decided to go here. He went for coach Cut and it was the best fit him.

chad_t31 writes:

Corey miller seems to want ambles bad. Sorry for not posting link but you can find it on volnation.com. Miller seems pretty pumped about CDD and what the future holds in Knoxville.

423tiger18 writes:

in response to slov:

i think chris donald transferred.

You may be right...wasn't sure

TennHillbilly writes:

Something about this kid doesn't sit well with me. I've read somewhere that he has some issues. GA and FL are not recruiting him, so I wonder if they know something.

GBO

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