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Mon. February 25, 2013 | Joey Knight | Email

Despite a hard-luck career and hardscrabble life, Robinson senior Carlos Duclos is getting a college football opportunity.

Roughly 18 months after fracturing his left knee and tearing the ACL in a preseason game, the fleet Knights two-way star has committed to Ellsworth Community College, a two-year program in Iowa Falls, Iowa.

His commitment was one of two announced Monday by retiring Knights coach Mike DePue. Ted Kelly, a two-year starter at right guard, has committed to Maine Maritime Academy, a Division III program in Castine, Maine.

One of five children born to Haitian parents, Duclos missed his entire junior season following his injury, but resuscitated his career this past fall, earning a second-team spot on the Times' All-Hillsborough County team and becoming the focus of a Times feature.

A cornerback/tailback/return specialist, he ran for 221 yards on only 22 carries, registered 37 tackles and two interceptions on defense, and averaged nearly 29 yards on 10 kick returns.

Kelly, an Eagle Scout, was deemed the "nastiest" of Robinson's five senior offensive linemen by then-OL coach (and current head coach) Shawn Taylor. He joins a school focusing on maritime, engineering, engineering technology, marine sciences and logistics education.

 

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