April 8, 2013
HOUSTON – Houston head football coach Tony Levine announced Monday that Markeith Ambles, a former High School All-American, will join the Houston program this fall after spending the 2012 season at Arizona Western College.
The wide receiver will be eligible to play this fall and will have two years of eligibility remaining. Ambles is the 28th member of the 2013 signing class, joining the 26 who signed with Houston on the Feb. 6 National Signing Day and Butler CC cornerback Marcus Dillard who signed on March 28.
A native of McDonough, Ga., Ambles was selected to play in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl before spending one season at USC prior to his move to Arizona Western.
In his lone season at Arizona Western, Ambles was named first team All-WSFL and All-ACCAC as he led the Matadors with 44 receptions for 757 yards and six touchdowns.
As a high school senior at Henry County HS in McDonough, Ga., Ambles was ranked the nation’s No. 3 receiver by Rivals.com, who listed the wideout as a five-star recruit, and the No. 4 receiver nationally by ESPN.
Ambles had 51 receptions for 798 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with 175 yards on 25 carries as a senior. An all-state performer as a junior, Ambles had 53 receptions for 993 yards and 13 receiving touchdowns along with two punt returns and one kickoff return for touchdowns.
Ambles joins a 2013 Houston offense that returns 17 players with starting experience and 81.6 percent of its total offense from 2012 including 89.2 percent of its receiving yards and 97.5 percent of its rushing yards. The Cougars ranked 15th nationally last season in total offense with an average of 479.6 yards per game.
Houston closes out its 2013 spring practice session with three practices this week including the program’s annual spring game on Friday at 7 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Carl Lewis Field with gates opening at 6 p.m.