Beach senior Gage Swanson made it official on Wednesday when he signed with Dickinson State to continue his football career.
“I like the coaches at Dickinson State. I like Coach Stanton and Coach Thier,” said Swanson. “They have a good team and I know a lot of the guys there.”
Swanson is a Swiss army knife on the field as he lined up at virtually every skill position in his high school career.
“We played him at quarterback and fullback and tailback. He is very versatile. I would imagine his brightest future is on defense though,” said Beach head coach Mike Zier. “I really think he could’ve been an all-American fullback, but they don’t use fullbacks in college anymore. Right now, I’d say linebacker, but wherever they put him, I know he will try and his best and he is going to be a great player for them.”
Swanson helped lead Beach to the quarterfinals in the 9-man playoffs for only the fourth time in school history in 2019.
The Bucs went 7-3 overall with a 6-2 record in the regular season.
“With Gage it was the intensity that he brought to the field. He played hard every down. It is not easy to find kids that do that,” said Zier. “That is one of the main reasons he got a shot to play at the next level. In college, you need kids to play every down and they can’t take plays off. Gage certainly doesn’t take plays off.”
In addition to signing with the Blue Hawks, Swanson will be a participant in the Badlands Bowl all-star game this summer between Montana and North Dakota.
He will be only the second player in Beach history to represent North Dakota. Landon Leacher, who went on to be a three-year starter for the North Dakota State Bison, was the first.
“I believe there are only two 9-man players this year on the Mon-Dak team. It is a very distinguished honor,” Zier said.
The contest will be played in Dickinson on June 20.
Montana leads the series 20-6 and has won five in a row.
“It is awesome and a great honor to play in that game,” said Swanson. “It is cool because I live so close to Montana, so I know a bunch of guys over there. I hope we win. It will be cool to play on Dickinson State’s field in that game too.”