By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(March 10, 2014) – Briar Woods High School senior Collin Verfurth has committed to join head coach Michael Brizendine at Virginia Tech where he will play soccer starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“It is exciting and a little bit of a relief to know where I will be attending the next four years, and I am anxious to become a Hokie,” Verfurth said.”
The Falcon senior noted his college search was spearheaded by looking for a good academic institution.
“Additionally, I wanted the opportunity to play soccer at the highest level and in the best conference in soccer, the ACC,” said the 6-foot-3 Verfurth. “I also choose Virginia Tech because I like the feel of the campus and students.”
Verfurth will already know one Virginia Tech student and soccer teammate – Connor Pompilio –before stepping on campus after he played soccer with Pompilio at Briar Woods during Verfurth’s sophomore season with the Falcons.
Pompilio helped lead the Division I Hokies to a 4-8-5 record in 2013 including an Atlantic Coast Conference win against No. 17 Syracuse. Virginia Tech finished their ACC season 1-5-5 including ties with No. 1 North Carolina, No. 16 Clemson and No. 19 Virginia.
“I will add size and speed, tough defense as well as a scoring threat: especially in the air,” said Verfurth who will play center mid for the Hokies.
Before rejoining Pompilio in the fall, Verfurth will attempt to lead a young Falcons team back to the VHSL state tournament this spring. Following their 2013 season, the Falcons graduated 13 seniors.
Last spring, Briar Woods finished 17-7-1 falling to E.C. Glass in the VHSL AA state semifinal. However, Verfurth and the Falcons were able to earn the school’s first ever Region II title in boys soccer after beating established powerhouse Tuscarora High School in the championship game.
“Due to the fact that we made it to the state quarters two years ago, the state semis last year, my expectations for this upcoming year are to win the state championship,” said Verfurth who plays club soccer for Loudoun 95 Red.
Born in Reston, Verfurth started playing soccer after watching his older brothers play while he was growing up.
“I play soccer because of the traditions, competitiveness, rivalries and the effect the game can have on you,” Verfurth said. “My family is a big soccer family – and from watching the EPL, Champions League, and World Cup, to playing soccer constantly – my motivation for the game is always high.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!