Junior Miles Avery commits to Georgetown for soccer

Chiara Purificato

Junior Miles Avery will continue his DC soccer stardom as a dominating defender at Georgetown University. Avery committed to play Division I soccer for Georgetown class of 2026 on October 5, 2020. 

Georgetown was one of several prestigious institutions interested in Avery; Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Wake Forest, and University of Maryland were among the schools that also expressed interest. Avery chose to make it official with Georgetown, expressing that he wants to attend a school that is “well balanced… with a combination of great academics and great soccer.” He studied the team’s film, noting their “great camaraderie” and “willingness to compete and improve every game and practice.” 

Avery’s recruiting process began June 15 of his sophomore year, the earliest date colleges are permitted to contact prospective athletes. Throughout the process, Avery was in contact with coaches, players, and alumni. However, with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the recruitment process looked a little different this year. Along with other athletes across the country, Avery was unable to attend official visits at schools or meet players and coaches in person. Nevertheless, he gained an accurate representation of many programs through virtual tours, film, and conversations. Avery commends his mom for her constant support throughout his journey, pointing out “none of this would have been possible without her.”

 Unfortunately, Avery has never been able to display his skills on the Wilson turf, because it is against his club’s league rules to play for your high school team. According to Avery, his time as a member of the Bethesda Academy team has been key to his growth and development as a soccer player. He has been surrounded by “competitive, high level players who push [his] limits every time [he] steps on the field.”

Taking his talent to the collegiate level, Avery is most excited about “getting to work with the team and seeing where [his] four years take [him] as a player and a person.” Although Avery still has a year and a half left of being a Wilson Tiger, he is looking forward to his college experience as a Hoya!