ATLANTA -- After mingling with some of the top football players in the Southeast, here are a few items we learned -- the athletes like to compete against the best, Richard Sherman is popular on Twitter and the best part of the Under Armour gear appears to be the gloves. Here are some of the answers to questions we fired at the prospects as they prepared for the RCS Atlanta on Saturday.
What is the main reason you chose to participate?
Competition. I want to play against the best and prove myself against the best.
-- Malik Staples, running back, Atlanta Pace Academy
To compete against the top players in the country. It is good to see who is good. Some guys get the rankings, but sometimes they aren't that good.
-- Kevin Johnson, quarterback, Atlanta Pace Academy
I just want to see where I am. Any camp that you have to get invited to, that is where the best competition is.
-- Justin Gibbs, wide receiver, Augusta (Ga.) Aquinas
Exposure. Really a good place to show off your skills. If you do well, more teams will know about you.
-- Gus Cumberlander, defensive end, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove
I come for the competition and to get better. They teach you how to get ready for the big boys.
-- DeAndre Byrd, defensive tackle, Atlanta Pace Academy
I want to go against the best competition in the state. A lot of the top recruits are here, so I want to get more exposure against them.
-- Deon Jackson, athlete, Atlanta Pace Academy
What is your favorite account to follow on Twitter?
Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25). Even on Twitter, he talks like he's the man. Which I guess he is.
-- Deangelo Gibbs, wide receiver, Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge
I like following Rivals (@Rivals). I like keeping up with the rankings. I also like Chad Ochocinco (@ochocinco).
-- Joshua Horn, Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett
Shaq Wiggins. He is the funniest dude I know.
-- Richard LeCounte, safety, Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County
Rivals (@Rivals). That is the first one I started following. I've always been in to recruiting.
-- Trey Coryell, quarterback, Perry, Ga.
Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25). I love the way he motivates other people.
-- Jaymest Williams, Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer
Who is your favorite NFL player?
Peyton Manning. He does everything right and he does it the right way.
-- Miller Forristall, quarterback, Cartersville, Ga.
Adrian Peterson. I broke my femur and he tore his ACL. He came back, so I used that as motivation.
-- Tiamon Pennymon, Cartersville, Ga.
Drew Brees. Saints are my favorite team and I have always looked up to Drew Brees.
-- Cameron Bowman, quarterback, Southhaven (Miss.) Desoto Central
Heath Miller. I like the Steelers, and he has an aggressive style and is one of the best in the league. He is a blocking tight end, and that's what I am.
-- Riley Gessner, tight end, Dunwoody, Ga.
Wes Welker. He's 5-foot-9 and dominates in the NFL.
-- Chase Hawkins, athlete, Dunwoody, Ga.
DeSean Jackson. I try to model my game after his. People say I play like him.
-- T.J. Rahming, cornerback, Power Springs (Ga.) McEachern
Julius Peppers. I like his intensity and his ability to make plays and get to the quarterback.
-- DaQuan Hawkins, athlete, Atlanta Westlake
Who is going to win the NCAA tournament?
Arizona for sure. They have the most talented team out there and they are hot right now.
-- Matthew Nathan, athlete, Dunwoody, Ga.
UConn. I haven't really followed it, but I was born in Connecticut.
-- Mechane Slade, athlete, Roswell, Ga.
Michigan State. They have the atheletes and the seniors. They have a shooting guard that can't be stopped.
-- Samuel Coleman, wide receiver, Roswell, Ga.
Florida. I'm from Miami and Florida is my team. I like Scottie Wilbekin.
-- Rodney Dorcemont, cornerback, Roswell, Ga.
Florida. They are my favorite team. I like Billy Donovan.
-- Shakur Jackson, cornerback, Roswell, Ga.
What do you think of the Under Armour gear?
I love it. Our (high school) team plays with Under Armour gear, too. It is strong.
-- Marcelino Ball, cornerback, Roswell, Ga.
Crazy. Never worn gloves like this. I like them a lot.
-- Tre Lamar, linebacker, Roswell, Ga.
Pretty good. I like the flashy colors. It is great gear.
-- Marterious Allen, defensive end, Hartwell (Ga.) Hart County
I like the bright colors. The gloves have a great grip.
-- Sean Harper Jr, cornerback, Hartwell (Ga.) Hart County
It's really nice. It is more than what I thought it would be. I love the blue socks and the gloves they gave us are really nice.
-- Dominick Workman, Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison
Who is the one person you would most like to meet in college football or the NFL?
Tony Gonzalez. He plays the game with passion and a lot of poise and skill. I really look up to him.
-- Anthony Taylor III, offensive tackle, Norcross, (Ga.) Wesleyan
Russell Wilson. I would like to ask him his thought process on being the smallest guy and how he got through it.
-- Aaron Winchester, quarterback, Alpharetta (Ga.) Mt. Pisgan Christian
Ray Lewis. Played with such passion and he's a good leader on and off the field. He's one of the reasons why I play the game.
-- Chase Middleton, linebacker, Snellville (Ga.) Brookwood
Chance Wommack. He seems really cool and I've seen how he plays. He just mauls people.
-- Griffin Landrum, center, Cumming (Ga.) South Forsyth
Arian Foster. I've looked up to him ever since I was little. He was undrafted and came into the league and dominated. Always been a fan.
-- Nigel Adams, running back, Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett
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