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Former five-star WR Markeith Ambles signs with Houston

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Last time we heard from former five-star wide receiver Markeith Ambles, he was leaving USC before the start of the 2011 season.

After some time away from the ranks of major college football that included a stop at Arizona Western Community College, Ambles is back.

According to CBSSports’ Bruce Feldman, Ambles has signed with Houston and will arrive on campus this summer. Houston confirmed the addition a short time later. The Cougars are coming off a disappointing 5-7 season under second-year coach Tony Levine.

Ambles will be able to play immediately and have two years of eligibility remaining. His addition, when paired with Deontay Greenberry, should give the Cougars one of the best receiving groups in the Big East.

One of the top receivers in the 2010 class, Ambles was considered a great talent who couldn’t overcome maturity issues. He played in the first four games for the Trojans as a freshman, but was later suspended due to academic issues. He then left the football team mid-year before returning to USC in 2011. However, he was declared academically ineligible before the start of the 2011 season and left the program a short time later.

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6 Responses to “Former five-star WR Markeith Ambles signs with Houston”
  1. indywvu says: Apr 8, 2013 9:10 PM

    After he committed to Tennessee…he’s the Gunner Kiel of receivers.

  2. tommy57 says: Apr 8, 2013 11:48 PM

    From TIME:

    “Then there’s the single largest deviation from merit in America’s best colleges: their recruited-athletes programs. The problem has gotten dramatically worse in the past 20 years. Colleges now have to drop their standards much lower to build sports teams. These students, in turn, perform terribly in classrooms. A senior admissions officer at an Ivy League school told me, “I have to turn down hundreds of highly qualified applicants, including many truly talented amateur athletes, because we must take so many recruited athletes who are narrowly focused and less accomplished otherwise. They are gladiators, really.” William Bowen, a former president of Princeton University, has documented the damage this system does to American higher education–and yet no college president has the courage to change it.”

    Read more:,9171,2140209,00.html#ixzz2PvztZKCV

  3. billmead1976 says: Apr 9, 2013 2:41 AM

    kid has no business on a college university unless he was delivering pizzas.

  4. clemsonstillsucks says: Apr 9, 2013 11:32 PM

    Hmmm – I live in the Carolina’s and travel regularly to Houston on business.

    I never truly understood just how “big” the Big East is – LOL.

  5. ancientcougar says: Apr 10, 2013 11:24 AM

    To “Clemsonstillsucks”, (you would know)

    Houston has grown both athletically and academically(research) over the years that have made it a very respected University. With a greater Houston population of over 5 million, we could be a great fit for the PAC 12 as well.

  6. houstontexan13 says: Sep 1, 2013 9:59 PM

    Sure, Pac12, Big12, SEC, they’d all love a premier program like UH. Academically I’m sure the Ivy League is knocking at such a prestigious school like UH. Wow, keep telling yourselves that UH is “very respected.” Clearly only such a “respected” school jumps at taking a player with such “maturity issues” who can’t stay academically eligible. Should fit right in on Cullen!

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