There were some members of South Carolina’s 2007 signing class who didn’t realize at the time how highly regarded the class was. Dion Lecorn was not one of those players.
He and high school teammate Antonio Allen, both highly recruited players out of Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, Florida, were watching that with interest throughout the recruiting process.
“We were like, ‘Man, there are some pretty good guys going up to South Carolina,’ ” Lecorn said. “At the time we didn’t think South Carolina was nothing huge, so we looked at it as an opportunity to change a school.”
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier eventually sold both Lecorn and Allen on becoming Gamecocks, and Lecorn’s four-star ranking was one of the key reasons the class was ranked No. 6 in the country, still the highest recruiting ranking achieved by USC.
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The 5-foot-11 Lecorn was part of a star-studded group of wide receivers that included five-star Chris Culliver and four-stars Jason Barnes and Joe Hills, all of whom stood 6-foot or taller.
“To be honest, it made me nervous,” Lecorn said. “I was like, ‘I am about the only one who is 5-11.’ That was something I did look into it, but I thought, ‘Well, I will be the only different one.’ ”
Lecorn, who is now a manager at a manufacturing plant in Charleston, caught 23 passes for 421 yards in his first two seasons at South Carolina but suffered a broken leg on the final play of the spring game midway through his college career and had only four catches for 47 yards in his final two seasons.
Lecorn played in 13 games in 2010, the Gamecocks’ SEC East championship season, which served as the culmination of the work put in by that 2007 recruiting class.
“Just making it was a big deal for us,” he said. “Our seniors and the leaders of that team definitely felt great. I definitely think we were the turning point of the Steve Spurrier era, getting that 2007 class in. We started beating Clemson. We started that five-game win streak. That started pulling a lot of the in-state guys who were torn between the two schools and that really made a difference.”
Lecorn still makes it to South Carolina games often, he said.
“I hardly ever get the little sideline pass,” he said. “I like it so much better in the stands.”