March 30, 2014

RCS Charlotte: They said it

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CHARLOTTE -- After speaking to a variety of players at the Rivals Camp Series Presented by Under Armour, a few things are clear -- athletes like to follow their competition on Twitter, the exposure from the RCS motivates the players to participate and Florida is the choice to win the NCAA tournament. Here are answers from over 30 players before they took the field at Mallard Creek High School on Sunday.

What is the main reason you chose to participate?

To compete against the best players in the nation. You get a chance to see just how good everyone is.
-- Shadarius Hopkins, defensive back, Winnsboro (S.C.) Fairfield Central

To get exposure. We are getting a chance to play against the best players in the nation. That will help us.
-- William Walton, wide receiver, Charlotte Independence

I want to get exposure. This should help getting my name out there to the colleges.
-- Adonis Alexander, defensive back, Charlotte Independence

I'm excited to play against people who are at my level or better. Plus, it is an opportunity to get to the Under Armour game.
-- Christian Colon, defensive end, Charlotte Independence

My mom has cancer and I'm trying to make her happy. That pushes me to do my best. This is where I can see where I am."
-- Jalen Smith, wide receiver, Pittsboro (N.C.) Northwood

I want to play college football. I'm trying to get my name out there and I feel like this is the best way to do it because of the competition.
-- Darius Graves, running back, Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley

Who is your favorite NFL player?

Deion Sanders. He brough great intensity and enthusiasm to the game.
-- Jaire Alexander, cornerback, Charlotte Rocky River

Richard Sherman. I like the swagger in his game. People think it is cockiness, but I respect his game.
-- Will Eason, defensive back, Huntersville (N.C.) Southlake Chrisian Academy

J.J. Watt. He's athletic and has fun playing. He works hard.
Malik Douglas, athlete, Southport (N.C.) South Brunswick

Chris Johnson. He did something no one else did in NFL history.
William Cameron, running back, Durham (N.C.) Southern Durham

Colin Kaepernick. He's just a guy who makes plays. He finds ways to win.
Ricquaz Brannon, running back, Durham (N.C.) Hillside

Marshawn Lynch. I like the way he runs with determination. He refuses to go down.
Jordan Brown, running back, Durham (N.C.) Southern Durham

Drew Brees. I love his ability to get out of the pocket. He is just a great quarterback.
-- Kendall Hinton, quarterback, Durham (N.C.) Southern Durham

What is your favorite account to follow on Twitter?

I just started yesterday. I'm following the Rivals Camp Series (@RivalsCamp) to keep an eye on the competition.
-- Toney Bass, running back, Durham (N.C.) Southern Durham

LeBron James (@KingJames). He has some inspirational tweets.
-- Samuel Denmark, wide receiver, Hanahan, S.C.

Rivals Camp Series (@RivalsCamp). I like watching the videos to check out the competition and to see if I am ready.
-- Adonus Lee, wide receiver, Blythewood (S.C.) Westwood

I follow a lot of NFL offensive linemen. I like Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO). He has the offensive line mindset. You need to be mean.
-- Jacob McGraw, offensive line, Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield

Rivals (@Rivals). I like it when they post the pictures from camp when players do well.
-- Marvin Tillman, safety, Durham (N.C.) Southern Durham

Rivals (@Rivals) and Nike (@nikefootball). I want to keep up with the other players.
-- Darryl Smith, linebacker, Durham (N.C.) Southern Durham

What it is the No. 1 goal for your football career?

Using football to give back to the community. I want to help little kids.
Montavius Moody-Lindsay, running back, Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley

To be the best I can be. I want to go to a Division 1 school, make the NFL and give back to my parents for everything they did for me.
-- Hassan Belton, linebacker, Blythewood, S.C.

I'm hoping football can get me into college, and that will prepare me for something for the rest of my life.
-- Kevin Norton, offenswive line, Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond County

Playing college football at a big school.
-- Landon Archangelo, quarterback, Arden (N.C.) Christ School

I want to have that family feeling. Everyone wants to win a championship, but I want to work with my teammates and have that feeling of family.
-- Walker Lanning, offensive line, Arden (N.C.) Christ School

If you could meet one person from either college or professional football, who would it be?

Sammy Watkins. I watched him at Clemson. He is a special player. Great hands, speed, the whole package. I look at him and it seems like he is someone I would like to meet.
-- Tereak McCray, wide receiver, Burlington (N.C.) Walter M. Williams School

Jadeveon Clowney. I've always watched him. I followed him in high school and we play the same position.
-- Will Ingle, defensive end, Burlington (N.C.) Walter M. Williams School

Russell Wilson. I like what he does on and off the field. He is a leader and a lot of people look up to him.
-- Harrison Gee, offensive line, Burlington (N.C.) Walter M. Williams School

A.J. Green. He's one of my favorite players in the league. I'd like to learn about his game.
-- Kyran Bowman, wide receiver, Havelock, N.C.

A.J. Green. I used to go to his high school. I would love to see how he did it. I would like to get some tips.
-- Dwayne Pierce, Somerville (S.C.) Fort Dorchester

Who do you like to win the NCAA tournament?

Florida. They are a team full of seniors and are playing like the best team in the country.
-- Collin Sneed, quarterback, Simpsonville (S.C.) Hillcrest

Florida. They are playing the best.
-- Benjamin LeMay, running back, Matthews (N.C.) Butler

Michigan State. They are the only team left in my bracket.
-- Anthony Ratliff, QB, Matthews (N.C.) Butler

Florida. They are playing pretty well and that's who I have in my bracket.
-- Noah Green, offensive line, Boiling Springs, S.C.

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