By John Sarianides
Shepherd Hill running back Kevin Mensah has finally found a home. Mensah announced yesterday that he will be attending the University of Connecticut this fall and play for the Huskies.
Thank you to all the schools that have recruited me in the last 3 years…. pic.twitter.com/3VWuih19D9
— Kevin Mensah (@KingKevnn) June 17, 2017
It has been a whirlwind year for Mensah who announced at the end of last school year that he was leaving Holy Name High School to attend Shepherd Hill Regional High School.
Holy Name initially refused to sign the waiver for Mensah to transfer to Shepherd Hill but even after the school agreed to sign the waiver, the MIAA still wouldn’t allow Mensah to transfer. After going to court over the matter, the MIAA finally allowed Mensah to play.
As a result of the legal battle, Mensah fell behind academically and ran into issues with the NCAA Clearinghouse. Several major programs including Michigan and Boston College declined to offer Mensah a scholarship as a result.
Mensah was planning on attending St. Thomas More and doing a year of prep school. When Randy Edsall was hired at UConn in January, he reached out to Mensah and showed interest. Mensah was able to get his grades up this past spring and as a result, he will be attending UConn this fall.
Mensah is a steal for the Huskies. He rushed for 1,255 yards and 13 touchdowns last season and he didn’t even play a full season because of his transfer issues. Mensah is a big play threat who can change the complexion of a game on one play.
It is nice to see a young man who has endured so much finally get an opportunity to play college football. It is nice to see Kevin Mensah find a home.