Chris Petersen’s sales skills have netted him many prospects in his career as a head coach. They proved to be strong enough to get an in-person promise on Wednesday.
The Huskies coach demonstrated he and his staff’s ability to convince a recruit this week when 3-star cornerback Kamren Fabiculanan (Westlake Village, Calif.) committed to the Huskies during his unofficial visit to Seattle, per Ruthanna Robbins of realdawg.com.
CONFIRMED: Kamren Fabiculanan has committed to Washington today while on his unofficial trip
— Ruthanna Robbins (@RuthJRobbins) March 28, 2018
“I like Coach Pete a lot,” Fabiculanan said of Petersen, per 247Sports’ Greg Biggins. “He talks as much about building men and life after football as he does football. He’s a great coach and a great man and I’m very excited to play for him.
“I liked the academics at Washington a lot as well. This definitely wasn’t just a football decision. I know a degree from Washington is big and I felt UW was the best fit for me in all areas, football, academically and socially.”
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound defensive back had offers from 12 schools, including fellow Pac-12 members Arizona State and Cal, but selected Washington thanks to his relationship with those who recruited him. The corner echoed what many defensive backs who came before him said about Huskies defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake, who sounds like he’s quite the recruiter.
“There are a lot of reasons why I committed to Washington,” Fabiculanan said. “I have a great relationship with Coach Lake and I know he can make me better. He’s one of the best DB coaches around and I learn something new every time I talk with him.
“I camped with Washington as a freshman and had a great experience. When I got the offer from Coach Lake a while ago, I was so excited and had a feeling I would be making an early decision and it feels great to be a Dawg.”
Fabiculanan’s tape from his junior season was impressive, so much so in the first 90 seconds that it’s somewhat surprising he’s not rated higher. He demonstrates exceptional ball skills, scoring on turnovers via interception, fumble recovery and blocked punt. He also floats well in zones, reading opposing quarterbacks and closing gaps in time to make plays on attempted passes.
At 6-foot-1, Fabiculanan has the size to play both corner and safety. He told Biggins he’s done with visits and is shutting down his recruiting in order to enjoy his senior year of high school and prepare to join Washington. The Huskies will get a defensive back with plenty of upside and an obvious desire to be, as he said, “a Dawg.”
— K²4 (@Kamren_24) March 28, 2018