Bruins Still In Mix For Ambles

Markeith Ambles, the 6-2, 185-pound, four-star receiver from McDonough, Georgia, has UCLA among his top group of schools and he talks about which are standing out for him...

Markeith Ambles, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound four-star wide receiver from Henry County High School in McDonough, Ga., has over 40 offers and although he remains very open, he now admits his top choice is Florida.

"I don't really have a top five," Ambles said. "But I know Florida is my favorite.

"Florida is an awesome program," he said. "I have a good relationship with the coaches and it just feels like home."

Ambles is being recruited by Gators running back coach Kenny Carter. "But I also talk to my position coach (Billy Gonzales) a lot too," he said. "They said I'd fit in great in their offense and that they'd play me a lot like they did Percy Harvin and put me in multiple spots. I think Florida has the perfect offense for me."

He plans on attending the Florida Friday Night Lights camp later this summer.

Besides the Gators, Ambles also has offers from Florida State, Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn, South Carolina, North Carolina, California, UCLA, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech, among many others.

"I'll have a top five by the end of summer," he said. "I should be able to narrow things down a bit during the summer.

"I need to make sure I have a great relationship with the coaches," he said. "And I want to play in a family atmosphere. I want to play early too, so that will be a factor."

Ambles, ranked as the No. 15 wide receiver in the country by, says he's already visited quite a few schools, including attending the Alabama spring game.

"It was awesome," he said. "I like how crazy the fans are. It's all about football there, which is great for the players."

Another program Ambles visited was Tennessee for the Vols Junior Day. "The new coaches are great," he said. "I think the program is going in the right direction. They've made a big impact very fast."

Ambles even went to the west coast and visited both California and UCLA. "I have some family in San Diego and I love California," he said. "It's a beautiful state and the atmosphere is really nice.

"I really liked Cal coach Jeff Tedford," he said. "He's a real good guy and I like the offense they run.

"UCLA is just beautiful," Ambles said. "The whole campus is amazing. Both Cal and UCLA have great campuses."

But will distance play a factor in his decision? "Distance won't matter," he said. "I'll go anywhere."

So while distance won't be an issue, he says that weather might be. "I probably won't go where it's too cold," he said. "I don't see myself going to Michigan or anything."

Ambles said that as a youngster, he followed basketball and used to see himself playing for either North Carolina or Georgia Tech on the hardwood. "I never really had a football team that I followed," he said.

Although he also plays baseball, Ambles says he'll stick strictly with football in college.

Ambles finished his junior season with 53 receptions for 993 yards and 13 touchdowns.

"I can catch the deep ball," he said. "I can also go across the middle. I pretty much do it all at receiver. I'm very versatile."

He says he can bench 235-pounds, squat 350 and claims a 37-inch vertical jump.

"I really want to get faster and improve my routes," he said. "I'm still learning the game and getting better at everything."

Ambles plans to major in accounting and reports a 2.9 core GPA and an 18 ACT.

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