By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY --- The South Dakota School of
Mines football program and Hardrocker
head coach Dan Kratzer are pleased to
announce the signing of Taylor Beamer as
the newest recruit to the 2009 Hardrocker
Beamer is a 6-foot-3-inch, 255 pound
offensive lineman from Houston, Texas. He
recently finished his senior year for the
Clear Lake High School Falcons, where
Beamer’s team finished the season with an
8-3 overall record and second in league
Taylor is an outstanding freshman
prospect,” said Kratzer. “He is an extremely
hard worker, and is a very consistent player
on game day.”
As a high school player, Beamer earned a number of accomplishments. He was named to the District 24-
5A First Team as an offensive lineman (center), earned the team’s Most Valuable OL Award, was a two-year
letterman and also played on special teams as well as a defensive tackle, was a Texas Academic All-
District selection and in 2008 helped take his team into the Texas 5A Div. 1 playoffs where they lost in
overtime to the No. 5 ranked team in the state.
“He is strong with very good feet, and those two things alone make good offensive lineman! Taylor fits
the mold,” Kratzer said. “We are very excited about having him in our program. He is a young man that
at 6-3 could grow some more, as his dad is 6-8.
The SD School of Mines Hardrockers are coming off their most productive season in 13 years after
finishing 5-5 in one of the NAIA’s most competitive and challenging conferences --- the Dakota Athletic
Conference. The Hardrockers took major strides and with quality recruits like Beamer, the SDM football
program is headed in the right direction. The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has a proud
heritage of preparing graduates to serve as leaders in engineering and science. At the School of Mines
every student has the opportunity to participate in research and test classroom learning through hands-on
The university offers a total of 33 degree programs in engineering and science at the baccalaureate,
masters, and doctoral levels. A public university with approximately 2,000 students, the School of Mines
provides award-winning education, research and development in areas of critical need to our nation,
and technology-based economic development to our region and state. The School of Mines is located in
historic Rapid City, S.D. at the edge of the beautiful Black Hills.
Hardrockers sign Offensive lineman from Texas
New South Dakota School of Mines recruit Taylor Beamer recently signed
a letter of intent to play football for the Hardrockers at the start of the
2009 season. Pictured with Taylor, from the left, are: father Byron
Beamer, Hardrocker football head coach Dan Kratzer and mother Debbie
Beamer. Photo by Brad Blume
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