Newcomer Profile - Vince Beamer

Pennsylvania defensive back Vince Beamer is the third on our list of fall camp necomer profiles.


DB, 6-2, 200 lbs., 4.4

Bishop McDevitt High School – Harrisburg, Pa.

One of the most highly acclaimed prospects in this class … earned first-team big school all-state accolades for Coach Jeff Weachter at Bishop McDevitt High in Harrisburg … had 47 receptions for 1,017 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns, this past season, helping the Crusaders to an 8-2 record … scored five times on kick and punt returns as well …

Defensively he recorded 90 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions … a three-year starter at wide receiver for Bishop McDevitt and a two and a half-year starter at free safety … Beamer figures to begin his WVU career as a defensive back, but the Mountaineer coaches are already talking about using him on occasion at wide receiver.

"Vince is simply a great player," said Weachter, who spent time at WVU himself working as a coach at football camps for Don Nehlen in the early ‘90s. "He's got the athletic ability and speed to play corner, but he's a vicious hitter who gets great leverage and really brings his hips through the tackle. Guys like that are a premium. We played a lot of man, and Vince was very comfortable in coverage. We even toyed with putting him at corner at times, but we missed his ability in the middle of the field. Vince is just a very special player."

PrepStar all-regional and Superprep state Top 15 … also a basketball and track letterman but is concentrating on football this winter … benches 300 pounds … plans on wearing #7 at West Virginia, and that number should be available after this season, since it is being worn this season by senior Travis Garvin … had over 30 scholarship offers prior to the start of the 2002 season from schools like Virginia, Michigan State, North Carolina, Purdue, Indiana and Georgia Tech … narrowed his list down to three – Pitt, West Virginia and Boston College … verbally committed a couple of weeks ago to Pitt, but Mountaineer assistant coach Herb Hand kept after Beamer, convincing him to take his promised visit to WVU, and after he and his dad had a look at West Virginia, Vince switched his commitment.

"I didn't really think I was going to like it," Beamer said of West Virginia in a Harrisburg Patriot-News article. "But once I got there, I really liked the atmosphere at West Virginia, and I really felt close to the coaches. I was surprised they stayed with me (after his commitment to Pitt). It showed they really needed me. After weighing everything, I realized that West Virginia is the place for me."

Played in a highly competitive league in central Pennsylvania which currently has 12 alums of the various schools on NFL rosters … Bishop McDevitt has produced a lot of quality football players over the years and has sent 13 players on to Division I-A teams in the past five years … the Crusaders most famous alum is probably Ricky Watters, the former NFL running back … Marcus Stone, Bishop McDevitt's starting quarterback this past season, was also a blue chip recruit, signing with North Carolina State.

"Vince was always a very good defensive back, but he really developed into an outstanding wide receiver as well this past season," said Weachter. "We had Marcus at quarterback and a very good running back as well, but Vince was our big play weapon. Whether it was on defense, returning kicks or catching passes, he always made things happen. He could play on either side of the football in college. I have no doubt, though, that he'll be an outstanding player where ever he winds up."

Will enroll in journalism at WVU … the son of Vincent Sr. and Sharon Beamer.

What Rich Rodriguez says: "Vince could probably play receiver as well, but we want to use him at safety. Coach Hand had been recruiting him since day one, but he committed to Pitt before he had a chance to visit us. We finally convinced him to visit here, and he enjoyed it, and we were able to turn him in the last couple of days. He's a very good athlete. We think he has a chance to make a big impact for us."

What Herb Hand says: "Vince is a tremendously talented young man. He could play wide receiver for us, and he could return kicks. In his last four games, he returned five kicks for touchdowns. He's going to be a safety, but we're not against playing him a little bit at receiver as well."

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