Ambles all ears to top programs

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is holding steady as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we take a look at one of the top wide receivers from the state of Georgia, Markeith Ambles of Henry County. Where do things stand with Ambles? Check it out in this SI update.

When it comes to checking out options, there may not be a recruit more thorough that Henry County (GA) wide receiver Markeith Ambles. So far this off-season, Ambles has made the trips to more than 10 colleges.

His most recent was to Alabama for the Tide ‘A' Day.

"It was awesome. I got to check a lot things out," Ambles said. "I hung out with the players and the coaches and everything went great."

To date, the 6-foot-3, 191-pound Ambles has anywhere from 30-40 scholarship offers. His visit list includes programs like Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Tennessee, LSU, Florida State, and Kentucky

While majority of the schools on this list are from the SEC, Ambles made it clear that he is hearing out all school and looking into a variety of conferences.

"I'm open to all programs," Ambles said. "I have made some visits already, but the next round of schools I plan to check out are Cal, Oregon, UCLA, and Oklahoma. I am also going to USC on June 6."

The way it seems, there are not too many schools across the country that do not want to try and land Ambles for their 2010 class. But of all the schools named, only one Big 12 school has Ambles' attention enough to warrant a future visit.

And actually, it may be a little more than just that.

"I talk to the Oklahoma coaches every couple of weeks, but we email each other every day," Ambles said. "My dad actually talks to them a lot as well. I mean, if I had a Top 5, Oklahoma would be there even before I had the chance to visit."

With that said, Ambles wants to make sure and do a little homework on the Sooners before making his way to Norman. But there are a few characteristics that already have sparked his interest.

"I like the fact that they played in the national championship game and they send a lot of receivers to the NFL," Ambles said.

Even more so, a recent commitment also has him looking with a closer eye.

"I know that they got a commitment from the top quarterback (Blake Bell) in my class. I heard he is supposed to be a stud," Ambles said. "I haven't got the chance to talk with him, but I could probably get his number. That does make Oklahoma a little more appealing."

From the Sooner coaching staff, wide receivers coach Jay Norvell has been the primary contact for Ambles. 

"He (Norvell) tells me a lot about what Oklahoma has to offer me," Ambles said. "He sends a lot of things about receivers who have come through the program in the last 10 years, you know their accomplishments. The main thing is that they want to get me down there and show me around so I can get a feel for the program."

Accounting the Ambles, "sometime in early June" he plans to make his way to the Oklahoma campus. 

One thing that Ambles is for sure looking for is playing time, early. He said that he has been hitting weight room hard and trying to gain more weight.

"I want to play as a freshman and am not looking to red shirt. I am doing things now to prepare for that," Ambles said. "I want to play now, immediately. I have been running and going hard in the weight room. I consider myself a big-play wide receiver, who can stretch the field deep or catch the hitch and pick up yards."

Ambles finished the 2008 season with 53 receptions for 993 yards and 13 touchdowns.


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