RECRUIT REACTION: Psalms Talks Fight Night

We caught up with Malik Psalms after his day-long visit to Cal on Tuesday, and gab about everything from the defensive backs to the dust-up during 11-on-11s with the three-star corner.

On a day that showcased the improvement of California’s defensive backs corps – with three big breakups from Avery Sebastian and two picks from Cedric Dozier serving as highlights – three-star cornerback commit Malik Psalms was right there on the sidelines, watching it all go down.

“They’re getting after it,” said Psalms, who starts his own fall camp for Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala on August 11, with the first game on Aug. 29 against Burbank. “It’s a really good thing to see energy.”

What else did he see? One major brouhaha and a minor dust-up. But, instead of being at all concerned, the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder was nigh on delighted.

“That’s just energy,” Psalms said. “That just means football’s back, and they’re really trying to get after it, and make the season matter.”

After the initial fisticuffs -- which began when Austin Clark threw running back Tre Watson to the ground – subsided, both sidelines clapped, hollered and seemed to be energized. No hard feelings left; just football.

“Football is going to bring out the best in you, and it’s going to bring out the worst in you, so it’s good to know that, at the end of the day, each individual has your back, but they remember, at the same time, that they’re all a team,” Psalms said. “They’re all a family, so they’re going to come together for one common purpose, and that’s to hopefully win a national championship.”

Watching Greg Burns coach the defensive backs – which Psalms did when the Bears staff hit the road in June to work a camp in Southern California – gave Psalms an even deeper understanding of how the new defensive backs coach works his magic.

“They’re getting after it,” Psalms said. “They’ve improved from what I’ve seen since spring, and they’ve got a couple little things that they’ve got to clean up, but they’re all getting better, each day, and that’s the most important thing. That’s big for me. If they’re improving, then that means I know that I can come in, and I can improve. They’re all getting better.”

Psalms came to campus around lunch, so he attended afternoon meetings and film sessions.

“They’re diligent with everything they do,” Psalms said. “This is really a job for them. No one realizes it, but coaches yell because that’s their job. That’s how they make their living. Players, they get mad at each other and they fight like that, because they want to make this their job. They’re really grinding, and that’s the best thing. They’re all working.”

Wise words, coming from Psalms, who carries a 3.3 overall GPA, but notched over a 3.5 last year. Psalms is not sure whether he want to take his official visit during the season or after, but right now, Cal is the only official he’s going to take. He is thinking about taking one to Washington.


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