RECRUITING: Gators still a favorite for Dion

Trinity Catholic standout Dion LeCorn wasn't able to make it to Florida's junior day because of transportation problems. The Gators remain one of his favorites. Barring any unforeseen changes or late additions- they'll have to beat out a highly respected foe and familiar face for his services.

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"I've picked up a few more offers," LeCorn said. "Florida and South Carolina are my two favorites though. They've (South Carolina) moved up there a bit. I just like the way Coach Spurrier throws the ball around. I'd like to get up there and visit this summer, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to do that."

LeCorn picked up his most recent offer late last week from North Carolina State

The 5'11 202 multi-talented athlete hauled in 59 receptions for 1151 yards and 11 touchdowns during the Celtics sprint through Class 2B, where they recorded their first ever state championship.

He caught six passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns a couple of weeks ago as the Trinity Catholic varsity beat Clearwater Countryside 41-14 in the spring jamboree.

He participated in the Nike camp at the Florida practice field where he ran a 4.66 forty and recorded a 4.13 shuttle time. He said that the grass slowed everybody down. He said that he was told it took off .2 from their times.

"Our workouts start tomorrow. I'll be pretty busy. But, I also will be working at Ocala Sports. So, I'll probably have to move my workouts to the morning. I hope they (the coaches) don't get upset about that." he said laughing.

LeCorn laughed once again when asked where most coaches project him to play at the collegiate level.

"Well, I don't really know for sure," Some seem to want me at running back and others at wide receiver. The only camp that I definitely plan on attending is The Seven-on-Seven Sling and Shoot camp at USF (South Florida). We were there last year and the coaches pulled me and Johnny (Brantley) to the side and offered us right there. Coach Franks is recruiting me as a running back for USF."

"Florida wants me as an H-back," he continued. "They'd like me to catch the ball, run, and block. South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, and N.C. State want me as a receiver. I kind of figured that most want me at running back, because I'm too short at wide receiver."

In an interview that I conducted with Trinity Catholic coach Kerwin Bell last October, Bell laughingly said- "He thinks that he has to be 6-2 or 6-4 to be a receiver at the next level. I told him to look around. Most of the best receivers in the game are under six foot. I do think that he could play defense at the next level though, probably corner. He has good hips and has the lateral movement and running ability…I don't know where he'll end up playing. That's the question? He just turned sixteen…If he keeps growing, he could be a six foot, 225-pound tailback."

It makes for a tremendous scenario for college coaches. With injuries, recruiting shortfalls, and other forms of attrition- who wouldn't want a player who can help the team? And LeCorn doesn't seem to have a problem playing anywhere.

"I just want to play," he said. "I can see myself at running back, wide receiver, or at safety. I played a little safety late in the spring game. We have good running backs, so I won't play there this season."

LeCorn has offers from Illinois, Duke, Louisville, and Ole Miss among others. He has long stated that South Florida and Central Florida are also among his favorites.

So, while it appears that his job and the Celtics summer workouts will keep LeCorn away from college campuses other than USF, he quickly added that he hopes to make it to Gainesville for the Friday Night Lights camp.

"I really like Coach (Dan) Mullen," LeCorn stated. "It's his personality. He's just somebody that I enjoy talking to. Coach Meyer is doing the right things up there."

There is really no question where LeCorn will line-up in Bell's high octane Trinity Catholic offense. He is a playmaker at wide receiver who simply transports the pigskin up and down the field. And while transportation was a problem to junior day- LeCorn and his very talented Celtics teammates will only have to catch the bus on their way to the state playoffs.

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