Signing Day Capsule: Malik Psalms

I take a look at one of Cal's longest and strongest commits in Malik Psalms, who inked his letter of intent on Wednesday. Helpful links, video and more are inside!

"The education is the best part." – Malik Psalms

The Skinny on California signee Malik Psalms: Cal’s second commit of the 2015 class was the first herald of what could very well be a top-to-bottom shake-up of the defensive backfield. He’s been on campus nine times during this cycle, so he’s as familiar with the program as any recruit, and he committed just about 24 hours after Aaron. That’s already given him a lot of ammo when it comes to recruiting 7-on-7 teammate and 2016 four-star middle linebacker Lokeni Toailoa.

Psalms took the rare Thursday-Saturday official visit last month, in order to play in the B2G West Coast Bowl, but still helped to close Brandon Singleton and – perhaps -- Jaylinn Hawkins with a low-pressure approach. Psalms was a fixture in Berkeley during the 2014 season, and he’s champing at the bit to get on the field.

Psalms finished his senior season with five carries for 93 yards and one touchdown, and five catches for 91 yards on offense. On defense, he tallied 32 tackles and 1.0 tackle for loss, but no picks, as teams largely threw away from him.

A big corner, Psalms has very good length and is going to make contested plays on balls in the air. He’s the type of corner the Bears need if they’re going to have anything other than the worst passing defense in a pass-happy league. That said, his height could make him fairly well-suited to play safety. The best thing about Psalms is that he’s got off-the-charts football IQ, and he’ll be able to deal with maybe playing a nickel early on, before settling into either corner or safety, though as I’ve said with other DBs in this class, his football acumen and ability to read offenses may just be too good for him to stay at corner. He’d be much more useful as a safety, if he keeps up with his film study.

He maintained a 3.7 GPA through his junior year, and picked Cal over Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State, Utah State and Washington.

Sonny's Take: “Malik was a very productive high school football player and is exactly what we’re looking for as a defensive back. He’s got length and tremendous athleticism and knows how to play the ball. He really changes direction well for someone with his size. Malik is also a great student.”

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