Washington’s secondary got another flexible piece today with the addition of DB Kamren Fabiculanan. Kamren is 6’1 and 175 pounds and rated as a 4-star prospect and #365 overall per the 247 composite rankings. The SoCal product is even more highly rated using 247’s ratings alone which have him at #216 in the country. He chose the Huskies over offers from Oregon, ASU, and Nebraska when he committed back in March and since then has also picked up offers from UCLA and USC (which he ignored).
Fabiculanan is listed as a corner by most recruiting services and he’ll probably get his first shot there but he has the size and instincts to move to safety if that’s where the coaching staff thinks he’s a better fit. Cam Williams seems like a pure safety all the way and Asa Turner is closer to an OLB than a corner so the expectation is that Kamren sticks at corner and joins Trent McDuffie there for this class. He’ll need to put in some early work in the weight room but at a lanky 6’1 he has the height and length that the Huskies want from their defensive backs.
At the time of his commitment Kamren was listed as #705 nationally in the country per the 247 composite and some fans were disappointed given last year’s DB recruiting that we would “settle” for a mid to low 3 star corner. But the scouts finally saw what Jimmy Lake obviously did over the course of the spring/summer camps and his senior year and Fabiculanan is now ranked by 247 in the same range as a player like Keith Taylor.
If both Taylor Rapp and Byron Murphy leave for the NFL as expected it will mean that Washington will have 4 starting spots up for grab next season in their secondary. Guys like Keith Taylor, Elijah Molden, and Brandon McKinney all got playing time and are presumably front runners for 3 of those spots. And Julius Irvin, Kyler Gordon, and Dominique Hampton all redshirted but will push for at the very least playing time in sub packages. Plus Isaiah Gilchrist is a former 4 star who has been waiting a few years for his shot and there are some other highly rated DBs in this class. Suffice it to say that although the DB room is relatively inexperienced, it’s still very crowded and so you can expect a redshirt year with probably 4 games of ST coverage out of Kamren in 2019 (who blocked multiple punts and returned them for TDs in the video below).
Here are Kamren’s junior year highlights.