By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(September 18, 2013) – The Cornell football team recently received a commitment from Woodgrove High School senior Josh “Sweet T” Sweet who will rush for the Big Red beginning in 2014.
“I chose Cornell because of the coaching staff and how much positive energy and excitement they bring to the field,” said the 5-foot-10 running back. “[I also chose Cornell] because of what a prestigious university Cornell is.”
Sweet, who currently leads all scorers in Loudoun with six touchdowns, has led the Wolverines to a 1-1 start while averaging nearly 8-yards per attempt this fall. In contrast, the Big Red’s leading rusher scored only seven touchdowns on the season as Cornell finished last year 4-6, averaging 2.2-yards per carry.
“I’m going to add a downhill back that can run between the tackles, pass protect and catch the ball out of the backfield,” the Purcellville-native said.
Viva Loudoun’s Joe Bushrod listed Sweet as the second most talented back in Loudoun County in his preseason scouting report saying that “Sweet sure can pack a punch to opposing tacklers and a lot of the reason is due to his relentless leg drive.”
That leg strength helped drive Woodgrove to a playoff berth in 2012 and Sweet expects nothing less of his Wolverine team this year.
“My expectations for our team is to make a deep run into the playoffs this year,” Sweet said. “We have a lot of talented guys and a great coaching staff so hopefully we can put things together and peak at the right time.”
A member of the Cheers Sports and Viva Loudoun All-Loudoun Football Team in 2012, Sweet credits his father as his motivation and role model.
“My father has always told me that having a good work ethic is very important, and I’ve really taken that to heart,” Sweet said. “He has given me such great guidance in every situation I have ever been in and I’m very grateful for that.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.