Controversial Former 5-Star WR Making His Way Back to the Promised Land

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Controversial Former 5-Star WR Making His Way Back to the Promised Land

YUMA, Ariz. - Markeith Ambles is not a five-star recruit. He's not a 17-year-old prodigy being chased by every college coach in the country. He's not the next NFL-bound USC wide receiver. That was two years ago. Today, he's just the guy critiquing the lunch offerings in a community college cafeteria. He shrugs. "The only thing that's even close to legit here is the cheeseburger," he says. "I already ate because I don't want this." Like most things Ambles says, the quasi-recommendation comes with a grin. His isn't the face of a man beaten down by adversity. It's also not that of a guy with everything sorted out. Ambles is trapped somewhere between a rebirth and a relapse. His Arizona Western student ID hangs around his neck on a lanyard. He arrived here this spring and brought some grudges with him. Does he like Lane Kiffin? Not at all. He confesses to that in as many words (Kiffin declined comment for this story).

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