Class of 2017 Worcester (Mass.) Holy Name running back Kevin Mensah does not have a Syracuse offer yet, but that does not mean he's off the radar. In fact, defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough, responsible for recruiting New England for the Orange, has been in regular contact over the last month.
"Ever since the Nike Opening camp back in April," Mensah said. "Coach Bullough, my recruiter, came to my school. When he talks to me he tells me they're very interested in me. He invited me to a camp and I just scheduled a visit (June 20th). He also told me he will introduce me to the head coach, running back coach, etc.
"I really like Syracuse and coach Bullough treats me like I'm a player there already. It's amazing. I'm really glad Syracuse and I have had a good connection. We talk on the phoen at times. He told me to call him sometime next week so that he could tell me what I need to work on to earn an offer."
Earning the offer is exactly what Mensah will be looking to do on the 20th when he attends a one day camp at Syracuse. Between now and then, he will continue to train and hone his skills so that is is fully prepared to show his stuff to the coaches.
The constant communication is a bit above the norm for a player without an offer. Could that be a sign that one is in the works? Possibly, depending on his camp performance.
"He (Bullough) says 'we really need you to come up,'" Mensah said. "When I call him it's 'hey Kevin how's it going my man?' He told me they liked my size and speed. The only thing I need to work on is closing speed for when I'm in the middle of traffic on the football field. If I can really bring it on June 20th, coach could offer me that same day."
An offer would be huge for Mensah, but it would not result in a commitment on the spot. It is stil very early for the 2017 standout. His plan is to make a decision between the end of his junior year and the start of his senior campaign.