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Recruiting: Michigan player of year Tim Kloska flips commitment from Air Force to Army

Timmy Kloska described the meaning of his Army football commitment in one word.


“In all areas of life on the field and off,” said Kloska, a senior running back West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Kloska’s decision was more than just football. He originally committed to Air Force in July. Kloska announced his decommitment from Air Force in late December.  A visit to West Point changed Kloska’s mind.

“Army has my major (kinesiology) that I would like to study and the campus was really great at West Point,” Kloska said. “I really just compared everything and liked it better.”

“After my visit, I really got a good vibe and got to meet the players (on the visit), which helps.”

Army is adding an elite, record-setting running back in Kloska to its 2023 class. The Michigan Division 5-6 player of the year is West Catholic’s all-time leading rusher (5.914 yards) and scored 85 touchdowns in his career.

Kloska accounted for 2,499 total yards 2,425 rushing), 43 touchdowns, 62 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 12 sacks in his senior year, helping West Catholic to a state Division 6 championship. He rushed for 241 yards and four TDs in the state title game at Ford Field.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Kloska hopes to be equally as effective in Army’s expected new shotgun offense.

“We kind of ran a similar offense so I think it will be an easier transition,” Kloska said.

Kloska will be the second member of his family to play football. His brother, Kyle, finished his freshman season as an offensive lineman for Central Michigan. Kloska also has a brother, who is serving in the Air Force. Kloska’s chosen his own path,

“I made my decision because I want to play college (football) at the highest level and I want to win big games,” Kloska said. “They (Army players and coaches) have a great culture that I want to be a part.”  

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