Thor Paglialong liked what the Air Force Academy had to offer before he visited the Colorado Springs campus last weekend.
Once he was there, the Marian Central senior wanted to make it was his next home.
Paglialong, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound center, announced his commitment to Air Force to play football via Twitter on Tuesday.
“The coaching staff is extremely nice,” Paglialong said. “And the academics, as far as what the future will hold for me, is great. The players were like a big brotherhood, and I wanted to be a part of that.”
Paglialong said there was a four-player panel that answered a lot of his questions about academy life and the five-year commitment after graduation. Paglialong also had offers from Eastern Kentucky, Illinois State, Minnesota State, Western Illinois and Western Michigan.
Marian coach Mike Maloney said he worked closely with Paglialong through the recruitment process.
“Having an opportunity to play early was important to him,” Maloney said. “He really felt the Air Force coaches were honest and straight forward. They came here this spring and watched him play lacrosse. The offer came during the lacrosse season. The visit (last weekend) just solidified his decision.”
Paglialong’s academic standing will allow him to enroll as a freshman right away. He will have a chance to play three years with Joe Moore, a 2017 Johnsburg graduate, who Maloney coached before he took the Marian job. Moore also plays on the offensive line.
Paglialong did not mind the five-year commitment after graduation because of the benefits that go with it.
“The coaches said it’s like a free job for five years, then businesses all want you, or you can stay in the military,” Paglialong said. “I didn’t want to miss out on it.”