BYU has recently extended an offer to a young freshman cornerback just beginning to make his mark on the high school stage. St.Bonaventure HS (CA) prospect Kamren Fabiculanan did quite well for his first year of high school football.
“As a freshman I made All-County and had an interception, 10 pass breakups, and around 20 tackles,” said Fabiculanan. “It was a good year for me and I can’t wait for next season.”
After attending BYU’s Junior Day event last Saturday, Fabiculanan was on campus to take in the BYU Spring Game at LaVell Edwards Stadium. After the game he was invited to speak with BYU Director of Recruiting Operations Tevita Ofahengaue and head coach Kalani Sitake.
“Yeah, I was invited to BYU’s junior day and that’s when Coach T and Coach Sitake invited me to sit down in a room with my parents. After that we went to go to dinner and they called my dad’s phone. That’s when they offered me.”
Fabiculanan is excited about his first offer from Coach Sitake and the BYU staff.
“Yeah, I was really excited about getting my first offer from BYU,” said Fabiculanan. “I’m only a freshman right now and in the 2019 class, so this is really exciting for me. Having an offer this early is a great feeling.
“To know that I can go to a college for free and that my parents won’t have to pay for it is exciting. I think the reason why BYU offered me is because I play cornerback and I play really physical. I can cover man-to-man really well. I can also play wide receiver, and my routes and skills in catching the ball are really good. They’ve expressed their feelings about how they like me.”
Fabiculanan also got to meet BYU offensive coordinator and Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer while at Junior Day.
“I know that Ty Detmer won the Heisman,” said Fabiculanan. “I got to meet him when we came out of the office. It was cool to shake the hand of a Heisman Trophy winner. It was kind of exciting. He was such a nice guy and he was always smiling. I really like him.”
Fabiculanan enjoyed his BYU visit over the weekend. There were a few specific aspects of BYU that Fabiculanan particularly enjoyed about being on campus.
“I really enjoyed the environment and everything about it was just great,” said Fabiculanan. “I really felt comfortable there. The coaches were great and friendly and made you feel at home. I really liked the family environment that I felt there.
“It was cool being in a big stadium. It was like, ‘Wow! This is big time!’ It was really a good experience to be there. We saw some of the facilities like the training facilities. We didn’t see the locker room, but we did get to the weight room and that was about it.”
The biggest eye-opener for Fabiculanan, and the best part of his BYU experience that most impressed him, was the demeanor of the coaches and the type of environment fostered within the program.
“[I liked] how the coaches were so family-oriented,” said Fabiculanan. “I think that was the most impressive part about the trip. It made me feel comfortable in the environment. It just makes me more motivated. My family was excited about it. It was their first college road trip and they loved it out there.”
BYU offered Fabiculanans’s teammate, 6-4, 260-pound defensive tackle Kamakani Crosby earlier this offseason. Once Fabiculanan received his offer, he quickly told Crosby about it.
“Kamakani Crosby who plays on our defensive line [was offered recently by BYU],” said Fabiculanan. “I talked to him about my offer in the weight room. He told me he likes BYU a lot and is thinking of committing there.”