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Naples 4-star RB headed to NC State, 3-star CB decommits from Cincy

Kendrick Raphael is headed to the Wolfpack while Jonas Duclona is looking for a new home

NAPLES, FLORIDA – One of the biggest stars from Naples High School's loaded high school football team has found his college home, while another star is looking for a new one.

Four-star running back Kendrick Raphael announced on Monday that he will play for North Carolina State next season. Raphael (5-11, 190) is ranked as the No. 15 RB in the Class of 2023 by Rivals.

Naples' Kendrick Raphael announced on Monday that he will sign with North Carolina State

Naples' Kendrick Raphael announced on Monday that he will sign with North Carolina State

Just a few hours earlier, another Naples Power 5 prospect announced he's reopening his recruitment. Jonas Duclona, a Top 100 senior cornerback and All-American Bowl selection, said he has decommitted from Cincinnati. 

Raphael just put together one of the best seasons ever at Naples, a two-time state champion program with a history of producing big-play backs. Raphael rushed for 1,731 yards and 22 touchdowns in 12 games this year, averaging 12.4 yards per carry.

As a junior in 2021, Raphael ran for 1,374 yards and 18 touchdowns. He graduates with 3,766 career rushing yards and 52 total touchdowns.

Raphael originally committed to Iowa shortly after visiting the Hawkeyes in June. However, on Sept. 21 he reconsidered and announced he was decommitting.

Raphael committed to N.C. State on Tuesday, three days after Naples lost in the regional finals.

The Golden Eagles running back visited the Raleigh, North Carolina, campus in June. Raphael picked the Wolfpack out of the 14 Power 5 scholarship offers he held.

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"I'm super grateful for all the schools who have recruited me and have given me an opportunity to play at the next level," Raphael wrote in a social media post. "All things considered, I know I've found my new home."

Duclona, a former all-state and freshman All-American selection, thought he had found a home at Cincinnait. However, after Bearcats coach Luke Fickell left this weekend to take over Wisconsin, Duclona had second thoughts.

"Coach Fickell leaving had a big impact on my decommitment," Duclona told SBLive Sports. Now I get a second chance of finding my home, wherever that may be."

In a Twitter post announcing his decision, Duclona wrote:

"At this moment, I'd like to thank the entirety of the Cincinnati staff for the amazing opportunity to be welcomed into a new home. However, after recent conversation with my family, I'd like to take a step back and reopen my recruitment to all schools."

Duclona, a three-star recruit who will play in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, in January, has offers from 18 Power 5 schools. He told SBLive Sports that he wold like to take visits to Wisconsin, Central Florida, Illinois, and maybe Arkansas.

A four-year starter, Duclona finished his high school career with 105 tackles, seven interceptions and 27 pass breakups. However, as with most star cornerbackers, numbers can be deceiving since most opposing quarterbacks didn't throw the ball their way.

If Duclona picks UCF, he'll join his brother as the Golden Knights make the jump to the Big XII next year. Jason Duclona, a senior at Estero High, recently committed to UCF.

Jonas Duclona is 11 months older than Jason, but both were seniors this past season.