After a spring break road trip to New Haven, Conn., Woodgrove junior Josh Sweet has the option of an Ivy League education.

Woodgrove's bruising tailback nabbed his first offer from Yale. (Photo courtesy of Josh Sweet) Woodgrove’s bruising tailback nabbed his first offer from Yale. (Photo courtesy of Josh Sweet)

Yale offered him a spot on the football team on Wednesday after the coaching staff led a campus tour for Sweet and his father, who were pleased to find out football could be the running back’s ticket into the prestigious university.

“If I got a degree from Yale, that would be huge for my life post-college,” Sweet said.

Sweet has not received any other offers to date, but he has attended junior days at Maryland and Virginia and said he plans to visit Duke in the summer.

The AA Dulles District’s Division 4 Offensive Player of the Year had 252 carries for 1,725 yards and 25 touchdowns for the Wolverines (7-4) last season. You can watch Sweet’s highlights on

Only six area rushers compiled more yards than Sweet in 2012, and Woodgrove’s workhorse only registed three carries in the season finale after sustaining an injury.

Woodgrove Coach Mike Skinner said Sweet will benefit from working out in front of scouts at an April 21 Nike Football Training Camp at the Redskins’ practice facility. He expects momentum on the recruiting trail to ramp up for Sweet after Yale’s offer.

“Now it puts it out there that he has a great option,” Skinner said. “If you want him to come to your school, you’re going to have to offer.”

Skinner said Sweet, who also plays basketball and baseball at the Purcelville school, projects as a tailback but is adept as a fullback and linebacker as well. At 5-foot-11 and 214 pounds, Sweet has the frame to be a big, powerful back at the next level.

Sweet was quick to mention his success as a product of a talented team. Offensive linemen Chase Smith (Hampton) and Dan Charmo (St. Francis) have received offers of their own. Defensive back Atem Ntantang signed with Boston College, and kicker R.J. Warfel is committed to Virginia Tech.

Within a week of Yale offering Sweet, Woodgrove junior defensive end Jordan “J.J.” Jackson picked up his fourth invite to join a college football program. On a visit to Virginia, Coach Mike London pulled Jackson aside and offered him a spot in Charlottesville.

Jackson is a converted basketball player receiving offers after his first year of high school football. You can watch his highlights here.

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