Lawrence Menyah’s three-year journey from football novice to team captain and scholarship player is complete.
The Brooklyn Tech senior signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at Fordham University as past of National Signing Day on Feb. 4, choosing the Rams over UMass.
Just three years ago, the soft-spoken Menyah had never played organized football.
“When I look back, it is pretty surprising,” Menyah said. “It was just something I really wanted to do, so I worked for it.”
Menyah fell in love with Fordham when he visited last April, and soon found the affection retruned. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Menyah sent the Rams coaching staff his highlight tape, and they quickly offered him a scholarship. Menyah verbally committed last summer, with no interest in waiting to see if another school came along.
“That just showed a lot of love,” he said. “That’s what really got me to stick with the school and not care about anything else.”
Fordham and its coaching staff felt like family to Menyah, who lives in the Fordham area of the Bronx. Former Brooklyn Tech wide receiver Kayvaune Brammer also just finished his sophomore season with the Rams. He was someone Menyah looked up to, and having him there only made the decision easier.
“He’s one of the people who believed in me,” said Menyah, who wants to study computer science.
His drive to earn the scholarship and desire to win brought out the best in Menyah on and off the field this season. As a captain, he was pushed into a leadership role, which he also saw as his responsibility as a Fordham commit. Menyah is someone who likes to quietly go about his business on the field, but it’s hard to not stand out with his character and skill, his coach said.
“Guys that are that good at what they do, they have no choice but to step out and lead,” said Brooklyn Tech coach Kyle McKenna. “I think if there was a weakness that he had early on, it was that he didn’t know how to step out and do that.”
Menyah, who will likely play safety in college, played receiver, running back, and linebacker last season. He led the Public School Athletic League in catches with 43, recorded 782 yards of total offense, and scored eight touchdowns. Menyah also made 58 tackles on defense, recorded two sacks, and a fumble recovery. He helped lead Brooklyn Tech to a 5–5 record and a playoff berth.
“He is going to bring an intensity to the offense or the defense,” McKenna said. “He is a strongly focused individual that takes the coaching really quickly and applies the knowledge that he gets.”
He will join a Fordham program coming off one of the best seasons in program history under head coach Joe Moorhead. The Rams went 11–3, won an undefeated Patriot League title, and finished the year ranked No. 14 nationally in the Football Championship Subdivision rankings throughout the season.
Earning the right to be a part of that was something Menyah never expected three years ago, but couldn’t be more pleased about it right now.
“It’s locked in.” Menyah said. “It’s official now. I feel better. A lot of weight is off my shoulders now. I can just relax.