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Beach commits to Cumberlands

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By Ryan Naus

Cory Beach demonstrated the type of player he is with his hard work in the weight room and his leadership skills on the field.

After starting for three years for the Grant County football team, Beach will continue his football career in college after signing to play for the University of the Cumberlands on April 9.

“This means everything to me,” Beach said. “It was one of my life goals to play football at the next level.”

Beach, who started on the offensive and defensive lines, will concentrate on the offensive line in college as he hopes to make an impact for a team that won the 2007 and 2008 Mid-South Conference Eastern division.

“I’m going to focus on offensive line in college because I’ll be able to use my strengths better on the offensive line,” Beach said.

“Cory is a player that has been a leader in the weight room and on the field,” Grant County coach Mike Davis said. “He’s done everything possible to make us better. He’s already as strong as some college seniors, let alone other freshmen. He’ll have to spend a year developing his footwork and speed, but in a couple of years, I believe we’ll see Cory play ing day in and day out for Cumberlands.”

Davis relied on Beach to help lead his team this past season and Beach responded by helping younger players work to achieve their potential.

“Cory may not be a vocal leader, but he’s always trying to lead by example,” Davis said. “He’s the type of player that helps others and he took on a role this year as a leader. He did more than just lead by example. He mentored some of our younger linemen and I think he’ll bring those qualities to the college level as well.”

The University of the Cumberlands coaching staff liked what they saw of Beach on tape, noting that his physicality was what caught their attention. Defensive backs coach Russ Shearer believes that Beach can come in and make an impact, noting that 20 freshmen saw playing time this past season.

“It’s going to be up to him to come in and contribute,” Shearer said. “I’m glad to have him. The one thing that we’re trying to establish is our motto of ‘I Will.’ We’re recruiting character. You’ll win a lot more games with character than you will with characters. We recruited a young man that showed he works hard and can make grades. He’s going to have to work hard every day of the year.”

Scott Sharrock, a 2008 graduate of Grant County High School and a linebacker for the University of the Cumberlands, will help Beach in his transition to college.

“Having someone from Grant County already there was a big factor,” Beach said. “It’s a great feeling because it won’t be a culture shock. I’m going to know Scott and he’s already introduced me to some of the other players.”