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Three-star athlete, Jason Duclona, talks his commitment to Central Florida
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On September 26, Jason Duclona decommitted from Rutgers University, where he was committed since mid-June. But on Monday morning, Duclona made his commitment to the University of Central Florida.
Duclona is a 6-foot-1, 175-pound athlete from Estero High School in Estero, Florida. The three-star plays cornerback, safety, and wide receiver, and is ranked as the No. 63 athlete in the country, No. 119 recruit in Florida, and the No. 793 overall recruit in the country, according to 247sports.
When it came to why Duclona chose UCF, many boxes were checked off, but the atmosphere at the school and the coaching staff were two things that stuck out most to him.
“I love the atmosphere,” Duclona said. “The overall staff feels like family.”
Duclona’s bond with Addison Williams, the assistant head coach and defensive backs coach, is the strongest of the coaches on UCF’s staff.
While the coaching staff is something that appealed to Duclona, being that he is brand new to the class, he hasn’t had the chance to meet any of the other recruits in UCF’s class. Duclona is UCF’s twelfth commitment to their class of 2023, and UCF’s class is currently ranked No. 52 in the country according to 247sports.
“I haven’t spoken to any recruits yet but hopefully soon,” Duclona said. “With Coach Addison the relationship is very good.”
With UCF set to move to the Big 12 in 2023, making the jump to the “Power 5” was also a reason Duclona was drawn to UCF. In addition, UCF’s success this year was another plus. The Knights are currently ranked No. 25 in the AP Top 25, and No. 20 in the College Football Playoff rankings.
“I think we’re headed in the right direction,” Duclona said. “[The] big jump next year should be a great thing for us.”
Duclona’s next chapter in his career at the collegiate level has officially begun, as his high school team at Estero High School ended their season with an 8-2 record after a 34-7 loss to DeSoto County in the 2S State Playoffs.