Why wasn't this talented back recruited? The answer is that Paladino, who earned two varsity letters at Wayne Hill High School in Wayne Hills, N.J. did not play football for personal reasons his senior season. Paladino had performed well during his sophomore and junior seasons at Wayne Hills.
As a young sophomore Paladino scored 2 touchdowns from his tailback position- one from 26 yards out and one from 6 yards. Paladino was moved to defense for his junior campaign. During the New Jersey State Championship game Paladino had 10 tackles and two interceptions in a losing effort to Ramapo High School.
Paladino is an outstanding all-around athlete. He has good strength and can bench 225 lbs. 18-20 reps. In high school he wrestled and finished with 21-7 record at the 195 weight class. A remarkable 19 of his wins were pins.
"Joe has wanted to go to West Point since he was seven years old," said his father Jim. "He made this decision on a day trip with my wife and I to the museum and grounds at West Point. . . He knows that not only will he receive an excellent education there, but will be fulfilling his dream of playing football for the Black Knights and training to be a leader and serving his country. "