Carlos Duclos' introduction to football came at 12 years old.
There wasn't much about the sport Duclos didn't like.
"I liked the competition,'' he said. "I liked carrying the ball and I liked hitting, too.''
That passion for football carried over into high school, where Duclos made an immediate impression for Robinson playing a variety of positions, including running back and cornerback.
"He goes full bore in everything he does,'' Robinson coach Mike DePue said. "There's an innate intensity about him that has a domino effect. It's an infectious attitude that he has.''
Last season, a series of injuries, including a concussion, forced Duclos to the sideline for five games, where he was forced to watch helplessly.
"When he was in the hospital, he said if he could just take those things out of his arms, he would play," DePue said. "He wanted to play so desperately. It was heart wrenching to see what he went through — the concussion, the hospitalization.
"So I think this is going to be a serious break through year for him. He's been a consistent starter.''
It didn't take Duclos long to crack the starting lineup. In only two years with Robinson, Duclos has put his stamp on the Knights program.
"He's only a junior, but the kids have a great deal of respect for him because they know what he's gone through," DePue said. "You can knock him down, but he's going to get up and keep on coming because he's that tough. He's a tough, tough competitor."
Duclos' skills at cornerback allowed the Knights to move playmaker Frankie Williams to safety last season and DePue said Robinson's defense didn't miss a beat. Williams was one of many seniors last year that garnered a lot of the spotlight, and rightfully so, now Duclos is ready for the primetime.
"Now it's his turn," DePue said. "You're going to see him in every facet of the game for us.''