Markeith Ambles finally made it to Tennessee on Saturday for his official visit. It wasn’t easy.
The highly rated receiver and former UT commitment from Henry County High School in McDonough, Ga., made it to Knoxville after spending the night in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday. He flew from Atlanta to Charlotte in hopes that he could catch a connecting flight to Knoxville amidst wintry weather that limited travel in the region.
Unsuccessful, Ambles flew back to Atlanta on Saturday, according to his father, Keith Ambles.
Keith Ambles said his son was then picked up on Saturday afternoon and driven to UT by members of UT’s football office.
Ambles wrote on his Twitter account Saturday night “ridin up to k-town wit coach t (Lance Thompson, linebackers) and (UT recruiting intern Steve) rubio . . .”
Earlier in the day, Markeith Ambles just wanted to get out of Charlotte.
“If I can, I’ll go,” the 6-foot-3, 185-pound receiver said of traveling to UT. “But if they’re saying they don’t have a flight to Knoxville and they have one to Atlanta, I’m going back home.”
Ambles has been to UT several times, but has never taken his official visit, which he’ll finally do this weekend.
Ambles was committed to UT for months, but ruled out the Vols after former coach Lane Kiffin was hired by Southern California.
He seemed to be leaning towards joining Kiffin at USC after making an official visit there last weekend before hastily putting together this trip to Knoxville.
Even though National Signing Day is Wednesday, Ambles won’t face a strict time constraint.
He has said he might wait until after National Signing Day to announce his decision since he has two more official visits scheduled.
No Gos: A pair of UT commitments considered official visits elsewhere, but have decided against it.
Athlete Marcques Dixon from Southwest Dekalb High in Decatur, Ga., considered an official visit to Miami. He told the News Sentinel he cancelled that trip and will sign with UT on Wednesday.
UT defensive back commitment Eddrick Loften from Nimitz High in Irving, Texas, was scheduled to visit USC this weekend. However, his high school coach told Volquest.com that he didn’t take the trip and is firmly committed to UT.
Back Again: Quarterback Nash Nance traveled to Knoxville, according to a member of his family.
It is unclear if teammate Da’Rick Rogers from Calhoun (Ga.) High traveled with Nance for an unofficial visit to Knoxville. Rogers was originally scheduled to spend a second straight weekend in Knoxville before weather changed his and Nance’s travel plans.
Nance committed to UT on Thursday after being committed to Vanderbilt since June, when Rogers committed to Georgia. Rogers is thought to be strong strongly considering UT after he and Nance took an official visit to Knoxville last weekend.
For Kicks: Kicker Michael Palardy from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said he’s still committed to UT despite an official visit to Miami earlier this month.
“I will be signing with Tennessee,” Palardy stated via text message to the News Sentinel.
Josh Ward contributed to this report.