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16 April 2010: An estimated 16000 fans visited an "open house" tour of the University of Michigan's newly expanded Michigan Stadium football facilities, featuring two matching five-story towers that loom over the original bowl, adding chair-backed premium seating, and over 80 luxury suites. The "Big House" will be rededicated on Sept 4, 2010 at the season opener against Connecticut when it will reclaim the title of the largest stadium in the United States for college and/or professional football, with a seating capacity of 109,901.

2017 ATH Kevin Mensah enjoys weekend Michigan visit

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When not occupying a position in the daily headlines, Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh could be found within Schembechler Hall, feverishly working to improve the Michigan football team before its 2016 season opener against Hawaii.  Harbaugh and the Wolverines hosted Hawaii for a 63-3 drubbing in week one, but the Maize and Blue also played host to a large contingent of talented recruits.

After months of hype surrounding the UM program, Harbaugh showed many recruits what playing football in Ann Arbor could be like. The Big House was packed full of excited fans once again, and prospects such as Worcester (Massachusetts) Shepherd Hill athlete Kevin Mensah gained a firsthand dose of 2016 Michigan football.

Today’s U caught up with Mensah to gauge his reaction to the new-look Wolverines after their blowout victory in week one.

“It was insane,” Mensah said. “I really loved it a lot. The atmosphere was crazy.”

Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown has drawn praise from many in his short time as the vaunted defense’s general, and Mensah first grew familiar with Brown during his time at Boston College. He once again had a chance to interact with Brown, and received a positive update on his recruitment with the Wolverines.

“I talked to Don Brown in a meeting,” Mensah said. “He said they will decide to offer me after my first 3-4 games. They like me a lot, and they just want see my first three to four [games] to decide. I will probably be a running back or slot.”

Used primarily as a versatile running back for his high school team, Mensah explained how this role could be a good fit for him.

“It will be good and it will be a job that will require a lot of work,”Mensah said. “Work that can be done, so I’m ready for the challenge.”

As an example of what Michigan could do for Mensah, the 5-foot-9, 190-pound recruit paid close attention to how the running attack functioned against an overmatched Rainbow Warriors team. Particularly, Mensah observed the contributions of true freshman Chris Evans and his eight-carry, 112-yard, two-touchdown performance.

“Chris Evans did an amazing job,” Mensah said. “I learned a lot from it.”

Mensah also worked in the offseason to improve his performance and spent a wealth of time studying tape in anticipation for his senior campaign. Specifically, Mensah worked on his speed, agility, second-gear acceleration and quickness. These traits helped Mensah rise up the recruiting ranks, and the Massachusetts prospect presented details.

“It’s been really good,” Mensah said. “I have offers from Bryant and Kentucky Christian, but Boston College, Michigan, UConn, UMass, Northwestern and Syracuse been very interested.”

During the season, Mensah hopes to visit, Boston College, UConn, UMass, Syracuse and “hopefully” Michigan once more. While at Michigan the first time, Mensah had the opportunity to bond with Brendan McKeon, the younger brother of Michigan tight end Sean McKeon, and four-star wide receiver Tarik Black.

Black is one of the most coveted players on campus for Michigan this past weekend, and the Wolverines are in good shape with the Connecticut wideout, who figures to be a dominant player in the collegiate ranks.

“A really good one,” Mensah said. “He’s worked very hard to be in the position where he is.”

Click here for a link to Mensah’s junior highlight tape. Mensah’s first game comes this Friday against Shrewsbery High School.

2017 ATH Kevin Mensah enjoys weekend Michigan visit

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