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Manziel or Newton: Prospects Pick

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Among the many topics the players taking part in the 2013 Under Armour All-America game talk about is player comparisons. One of the topics of discussion this week has been two Heisman Trophy winning signal callers, and which one each player would want to be their college quarterback.

The nation's No. 1 prospect weighed in on Manziel or Newton.

Here is what some of the players had to say when asked with an overwhelming vote swinging one way.

Five-star defensive end Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson)
“It’s a tough one, but I got to go with Cam Newton man. Can Newton is my dog man. I’m a Cam Newton fan, I like how he carries himself, he’s just keep playing and I just like the things he does on the field. He’s gone through some adversity, he keeps balling and does everything I like in my quarterback.”

Penn State quarterback commitment Christian Hackenberg (Fork Union, Va./Fork Union Military)
“Id probably take Cam Newton because of his overall throwing ability. I think he has the same playmaking ability with his feet as Johnny, but he’s a better passer overall.”

Florida running back commitment Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Day)
“Man, I would have to go with Cam Newton on that one. He’s a big, physical guy that can make every throw. He can break off a defensive end, break off a tackle too, great vision, and he can just do big things as you saw at Auburn. Johnny, he’s a great dude. He’s pretty good too. He didn’t do anything against my Gators after the first quarter. We shut him down. He didn’t anything, so I would definitely have to go with Cam Newton.”

Georgia cornerback commitment Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek)
Cam Newton. He’s bigger. I know size doesn’t have everything to do with it, but I would just feel more comfortable with him at quarterback because he’s bigger and can throw that ball man.”

Defensive end Elijah Daniel (Avon, In.)
“I would have to take Johnny Heisman just because he can really run, but he can throw on the run so well when he under pressure. Johnny Heisman just plays on the move so well.”

Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Il./Crete-Monee)
Cam Newton, Cam Newton man. He’s just a big kid and has a strong arm. Both of them are good quarterbacks, it would be a hard decision, but I would take Cam Newton. He does it all.”

Auburn defensive end commitment Carl Lawson (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton)
“I really like Johnny Manziel, but that’s a six foot six, two hundred and fifty pound quarterback and Cam won the Heisman unanimously. With Manziel it wasn’t unanimous. I saw it that year with Cam, and it was unanimous, but both a really good quarterbacks.”

Lawson went with the Heisman vote of 2010.

USC running back commitment Ty Isaac (Joliet, Il./Catholic)
“Cam. You saw what happened when he was at Auburn and you have seen what happened after he left. I like Cam, I like the shoes, and I’m rolling with Cam Newton.”

LSU defensive tackle commitment Maquedius Bain (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova)
Johnny Manziel or Cam Newton. Huh. I think I would take Cam Newton because he reads, he’s physical, he’s strong and runs like a linebacker and runs over linebackers man.”

LSU defensive tackle commitment Greg Gilmore (Hope Mills, NC/South View)
“I would take Johnny. Wait no, I would probably take Cam because of his size. We were all talking about this last night, so it’s funny you asked. Johnny had a good year because it was unexpected. Then we he went up against LSU and they adjusted to him, he didn’t do anything. He didn’t do a thing. With Cam, he’s more versatile. He’s going to throw first and run second. I think Johnny is looking to shake and bake more and quicker, so I will take Cam.”

Five-star outside linebacker Matthew Thomas (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington)
“I think I would take Cam Newton. I think he’s a great leader and can and has got his team to the promised land. He can run it and throw it and is really big.”

Oklahoma running back commitment Keith Ford (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Ranch)
“Whew, Cam Newton, but that’s a tough one. If you think about it, he can run the ball and pass the ball. It’s kind of like having a wildcat in the backfield all the time and can throw it better. I’m mean, he has two real strengths in the backfield and makes everyone else job easier.”

Wide receiver Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif.)
“College level? I’m still going to have to go Cam Newton because Johnny Manziel is a great player and he is going to run around, but I feel like Cam Newton has more pocket presence and can deliver the ball in the pocket. Manziel has to be more on the run, and has to be on the move seventy five percent of the time to be successful. With Cam, he only has to be on the move fifty percent of the time to be successful. Not taking anything away from Manziel, he has really good tough on the ball and he’s pretty accurate and buys time, but you can’t beat Cam Newton’s pocket presence.”

Five-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County)
“My favorite players are Reggie Bush and Cam Newton, so I’ve got to say Cam Newton. Nothing against Johnny Manziel, he’s a very good player, and I would love to hit him. I would love to hit both of them. Actually, I’m not sure I would want either as my quarterback because I want the chance to hit them.”

Outside linebacker Kendell Beckwith (Jackson, La./east Feliciana)
Cam Newton. He’s just a bigger guy. I just like the fact the he’s a bigger guy and does the same things Johnny Manziel does.”

Alabama defensive line commitment DeMarcus Walker (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood)
Cam Newton. It’s because he’s very consistent. He’s a great passer, got a great arm, accurate and his talent is just too good. He can throw it, but then can also run it with power.”

Alabama offensive guard commitment Grant Hill (Huntsville, Al.)
“I would take Cam Newton. He’s just a bigger guy. He can take the big hits, he ran run it up the middle with power, or outside and he can really throw it.”

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