Miles Makes Pitch to Ambles

LSU is on the prowl for wide receivers and the staff would love nothing more than to land Markeith Ambles. Are the Tigers a legitimate candidate for the highly touted wide out's signature?

Markeith Ambles is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the country as several schools are still vying for his signature.


That list of schools includes LSU and on Monday night the Ambles family got a chance to visit with several LSU coaches. The family was already familiar with running backs coach Frank Wilson and wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales but they got what appears to be an added treat from the headman himself.


“Coach Miles is one cool dude,” said Markeith’s father Keith Ambles, who took the time to talk with since his son was unavailable. “He’s alright with me and I’m pretty sure Markeith liked him a lot too. He’s just a straight-forward and funny guy to be around. He can tell some jokes that will crack you up and he’s alright in my book.”


In addition to providing laughter for the Ambles family, Miles and his assistants also made it clear just how big of a priority Markeith was in their eyes.


“They talked about how much they needed a guy like Markeith and how he would have the chance to play early with their depth situation,” Keith said. “They made a good presentation and outlined everything out for us.”


LSU is one of the three remaining schools hoping to get Markeith’s final official visit and it also happens to be the only school of the trio that the Ambles family has yet to see in person.


That was one of the main initiatives for Miles and co. during the in-home visit but as of now it’s still up in the air on whether a trip to Baton Rouge will be on the itinerary for the weekend.


“We haven’t come to a conclusion on that but we will probably decide something by tomorrow,” Keith said. “It will be between LSU, Auburn and maybe Alabama. Markeith is tired and may need a break this weekend but then again he may want to get out and see another school. When the head coach comes to your house like Coach Miles did it really makes you think a lot more and makes you think it’s a place you really need to check out.”


Some are surprised that LSU is still in the hunt this late in the game considering that Markeith did not have much contact with LSU prior to the month of December. Keith credits two people in particular, as well as the tradition that LSU has, for their level of interest.


“Basically, it’s Coach Wilson and Coach Gonzales,” Keith said. “But we’ve also heard a lot of good stuff about LSU and they did win two national championships this decade and is one of the premiere schools in the SEC. They also like tall, physical wide receivers too and that fits into Markeith’s style of play.”


Keith also credits one of LSU’s current commitments for 2010 in helping to sell the LSU program along with a prospect the Tiger staff would love to reel in.


Spencer Ware and Markeith talked a lot about LSU when they were in San Antonio for the U.S. Army game and even Trovon Reed talked a lot about LSU and Louisiana even though he is committed to Auburn,” added Keith. “We’ve just heard a lot of good stuff and you turn on the TV and LSU is on all of the time too. There’s a lot to like about LSU. Now, we just have to figure out if we’re going to be visiting this weekend.”


Markeith (6-3, 190, 4.4) had a big senior year for Henry County (Ga.) McDonough with 62 receptions for 1,077 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also added 402 yards rushing and over 600 yards returning kicks and punts.

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