In college football and the National Football League, a running back capable of achieving four yards per carry is a wanted commodity. At the high school level, junior Holy Name Central Catholic running back Kevin Mensah has averaged 10.3 yards per carry. On the season, Mensah burst for 1,518 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns, both impressive marks for the 2017 recruit.
As a result of his prolific season, Mensah has heard from five different programs, but it appears that three of the five have zeroed in on Mensah as a priority prospect.
“It’s been going good,” Mensah told Today’s U of his recruitment. “I’ve been hearing from UMass, Boston College and Northwestern. I haven’t heard from Syracuse or UConn recently, but yeah those three schools have been talking to me lately.”
In an effort to do his research on each school, Mensah has taken several trips to Boston College and has also visited Massachusetts over the course of the 2015 football season.
“At the beginning of the football season I took about three to Boston College and one to UMass,” Mensah said. “I am taking another one to Boston College and UMass. At BC, I have a great relationship with coach (Al) Washington, coach (Vinny) Marino and Don Brown. We still talk, but he’s at Michigan now. At UMass, I talked to coach (Spencer) Whippell.”
With several trips to Boston College under his belt, Mensah shared his perspective of the Eagles’ program and contrasted his experience there to what he saw during a visit to the Minutemen’s campus.
“BC had a lot of fans and they’re a football school,” Mensah said. “It’s more educational, but they have their football spirit when it comes to game day. At UMass, they are good and I like their facility. I like everything about them. But BC though, that’s a place where I feel at home.”
After that, Mensah admitted that Boston College currently ranks higher on his list than UMass, although neither program has offered thus far. In an effort to improve on his game and eventually earn those offers, Mensah is planning to stay busy this offseason.
“I’m going to Mass Elite,” Mensah said. “That’s a 7-on-7 team and I run track for my school. I’m going to work on getting into The Opening, Nike, Rivals and whatever else.
“For indoor I run the 55 and the 300. Here we go by yards, so in 55 yards I run a 5.6 and for 300 I run a 38.”
Mensah still has one more season of high school football, though, so the junior prospect, who stands 5-foot-9 and 187 pounds, is looking to improve on what he called a “great” junior campaign.
“In the beginning, I wasn’t that serious until I had a talk with my mom and my coach,” Mensah said. “Then I started building and getting stronger. Compared from sophomore year, I did really well. I worked on some things I needed to work on with speed and agility. During practice I took it 100 percent. Practice is the same as game day for me, so I had that mentality.”
Click here for a link to Mensah’s junior highlight tape.