ESTERO, Fla. (BVM) – Estero enjoyed a bounce back 2021 football campaign after two straight 3-7 seasons. A major spark during the Wildcats’ standout year came from now senior playmaker Jason Duclona. The Estero two-way star has emerged as one of the top athletes in the state with his ability to play both sides of the ball.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound wide receiver and defensive back impressed in his junior campaign behind 30 receptions for 576 yards and six touchdowns. On the defensive side, Duclona racked up 31 tackles, six pass breakups and two interceptions as the Wildcats bounced back from a quick 0-2 start. Their 7-4 record in 2021 had both Duclona, and the team, ready for a hot start during this year’s campaign.
So far the early returns have paid off as Estero has enjoyed an undefeated start this fall. The opening is just what Duclona was hoping for before he heads off to the collegiate level following his final season. The three-star recruit in the Class of 2023 announced his commitment to Rutgers this past June after receiving offers from a plethora of Division I programs.
Let’s go! Scarlet nation🪓🪓‼️ pic.twitter.com/zWQFSX96s0
— Jason duclona (@DuclonaJason) June 14, 2022
Duclona, who features as a three-sport athlete, has turned heads on all surfaces throughout his time competing at Estero. On the basketball court, Duclona topped 1,000 career points during his junior season as he went on to average 17 points per game, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists. On the track, Duclona participated in both the triple jump and long jump.
His impressive athletic ability seems to run in the Duclona family as Jason’s brother, Jonas, is also a cornerback recruit in the Class of 2023. Playing at Naples High School, Jonas announced his commitment to the University of Cincinnati just over a week before Jason’s own announcement.
With one final season left for both, Jason and Jonas are hoping they can finish their careers on a high note before heading off to the next level.
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