Florida Junior Making Big Plays

Trinity Catholic high school in Ocala(Fla.) has only been in existence for six years, but they are already marching toward a class 2B Florida State football title. You don't accomplish that in Florida without good coaching and top talent. Wide receiver Dion Lecorn is just one of the players at Trinity that has helped turn the program into a state power.

Trinity head coach Kerwin Bell certainly has played against the best talent as his football career took him to the University of Florida, the NFL, and finally to the CFL. He spent a year as an assistant coach under Steve Spurrier at Florida and he was his team's quarterback and offensive coordinator in Canada. So when he tells me that a player is good, I tend believe him.

"He definitely has Division I ability," said coach Bell of Dion Lecorn. "He could probably play a couple different positions at the next level, but I think receiver is probably his best position.

"He's thicker than your typical wide receiver, he's similar to Marshall Faulk. He could play easily play tailback for us, but we have a couple really good players there, and he has the ability to play wide receiver so we moved him.

"He has 4.4 forty speed and he makes plays," Bell continued. "I'd say that his flexibility allows him to make plays that other players with his build can't make."

Notre Dame needs playmakers at the skill positions, but drawing a talented skill position player from Florida has been a challenge over the years for the Irish. Notre Dame recently received a commitment from Florida product Richard Jackson, so Weis's appeal may an impact in the talent-rich state.

"Notre Dame has sent me a few letters, so I decided to check them out and it just happen to be the USC game," Lecorn said of his knowledge of the Notre Dame program. "I never even thought about Notre Dame until I saw that game, but they impressed me a lot. I just haven't done much research on them, so I don't know a lot about them yet."

Like most kids growing up in Florida, Dion grew up cheering for one of the three state football powers.

"I like the Florida Gators, and I had really been thinking of staying in state," Dion said. "But right now my choices are still open because I want to see what's out there and I don't just want to jump on one school.

"Florida has offered me, Florida State has been sending me letters, and USF has offered me. Miami really hasn't been in touch with me although they have invited me to a couple games" he said of the state schools recruiting interest.

"Georgia, USC, LSU, South Carolina" were also named as additional out of state schools that are recruiting him.

If you gauge a player's ability by the schools that recruit and offer him, Lecorn will be one the best players in Florida if not the South. To date he has 51 receptions for 1,060 yards and 10 touchdowns. His numbers would be even better but Trinity has generally been up by forty points by halftime this season, so Lecorn's opportunity to pad his stats are limited.

"I use to play running back, but I kind of like wide receiver now," Dion said of his move to wide receiver. "At first I didn't really think I could play receiver because I thought I was short, but there are a lot of other shorter receivers.

"My power is one of my strength. I have good agility. I can get separation and I run good routes," he said of his strengths as a wide receiver.

"I play a little bit of cornerback if we're playing a good team," he added. "I like cornerback. Instead of getting hit all day, once in awhile I like to hit someone."

Lecorn has been invited to the junior combine the Scout.com hosts at the U.S. Army All-Star game in January. He isn't certain whether he'll attend, but he has tested his skills against the best competition at the Nike combine's held last spring.

"I'm going to the Nike camp. I did that last year and worked out at wide reciever" Lecorn said. "I did pretty good. I had a 4.4-forty. I had a 4.06 shuttle. If I can go to the Army game, I'll do it."

Lecorn reported a 2.6 g.p.a. and he has yet to take the SAT or ACT.

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