Sunshine State Duo Makes It Official
The duo, who had favored South Carolina ever since their official visit to USC in late September, made their intentions known at a news conference around 3:30.
Coach Kerwin Bell, who coached Lecorn and Allen at Trinity Catholic, believes the Gamecocks are getting two standout players both on and off the field.
"They were great players, and most of all they were good guys. They worked hard, and they were always the leaders of the team," said Bell. "They made a lot of plays for us, and did a lot of great things for us. Overall, they were there for four years, and I've seen them grow up as men."
Bell shared what he believes Lecorn, who is considered one of the most dynamic receivers in the Sunshine State this year, will add to the Gamecock offense.
"Dion Lecorn is a guy that was really a great specimen even as a 9th grader, but he's matured a lot. He's really started getting serious about the game. He has so much athletic ability , and he was really just a phenomenal athlete to be able to coach. He's a big, physical, fast guy who I think can make some big plays for Coach Spurrier and them on the offensive side of the ball. He's the kind of kid that I think can get you great yards after the catch, and as a receiver that's very important. I just think he's going to be able to make some big plays in the passing game after he catches the football. That‘s what he can bring to the table."
Caption: #11 Dion Lecorn and #4 Antonio Allen serve as team captains in a game last fall.
While Lecorn often stole the headlines with his electrifying play on offense, Allen was the driving force behind Trinity Catholic's championship defense, according to Bell.
"Antonio Allen was a little bit slower to develop, but as a junior he came up to Varsity and became our best defensive player. We won a state championship and made it back. We won twenty-seven in a row, and a lot of it was because of our defense. Our offense got a lot of publicity, but the defense has been very good, and it all started with Antonio Allen. He was such a great safety and a great guy in the back of our defense. He‘s the reason why we were able to do those things."
As for what Allen brings to the table on the gridiron, Bell stated that his former playmaker knows how to bring the pain in the defensive backfield.
"Allen, he brings sort of a physical presence. He definitely did for us. When backs would break into the open field, even though he's a free safety, he's really a great open field tackler. He's a sure tackler, but he's also a physical tackler. Having a big safety and a guy who can really come up and hit people really sends a presence about your team."
Stay tuned to GamecockAnthem.com for continued coverage of Lecorn and Allen's announcement later this evening.