Ambles A Coveted Wideout

Before attending North Carolina's camp last June, UNC had not been heavily recruiting Markeith Ambles. Afterwards, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound wide receiver shot up UNC's 2010 recruiting board.

"They had some guy who was supposed to be their No. 1 receiver for next year that they were recruiting," Ambles said confidently. "I was out there and I was making all the DBs look so stupid and I was way better than the other guy."

Ambles, who has already been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, attended UNC's camp on a whim.

"This guy I know, he was taking two players from Miller Grove [High School]. So I just decided to go with him just to see how it was," Ambles said.

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After working out under the guidance of Charlie Williams, Ambles was invited to meet with Butch Davis in his office.

"[Davis] told me how he could use me in the program," Ambles said. "He just told me about the program like what they're doing, how they're on the rise."

Before camping at UNC, Ambles had already left his mark at several camps – including Auburn, Kentucky, Ole Miss, South Carolina, and Tennessee – and collected scholarship offers at each stop.

The scholarship offers continued to come in after the summer. Ambles' offer list has surpassed 20 schools and, in addition to the aforementioned schools, is highlighted by Alabama, California, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, and Southern Cal.

With so many options, Ambles doesn't feel it would be fair to rush into eliminating any schools.

"I've got to get out and see these schools more [and] get to know the coaches more and talk to them, before I start thinking about stuff like [favorite schools]," Ambles said.

Ambles hasn't visited any schools this spring and doesn't have any future visits scheduled. But he hopes to unofficially visit several schools before the end of spring.

This summer, Ambles plans to camp at Florida, Florida State, and Southern Cal.

Ambles says he would like to make a return visit to UNC sometime in the near future. He added that the topic of visiting UNC has been brought up by his primary recruiter, Tommy Thigpen, who he speaks with every couple of weeks.

"Oh yeah, I like UNC, a lot," Ambles said. "I would like to get back there and look at things more."

After his senior football season, Ambles plans to narrow his list of choices and take his official visits.

"I'm looking for somewhere where I feel at home," Ambles said. "I've got to like the campus and school. I'm looking for early playing time and an offense that suits me."

Ambles played his sophomore season at Griffin (Ga.) High and caught 17 passes for 300 yards in a wing-t offense.

To better showcase his skills, Ambles transferred to McDonough (Ga.) Henry County prior to his junior season. The move allowed him to excel to the tune of 53 catches for 993 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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