Former Stanford commit Nygel Edmonds is the first through the fax on National Signing Day for Cal

At 8:02 a.m. EST, Nygel Edmonds became the first Cal National Letter of Intent signee of the 2016 class.

A former high school teammate of Cal defensive lineman Russell Ude at Atlanta Westminster, Nygel Edmonds is not flashy, but he gets his hands on balls, and can play both on and off the ball, with the speed to make up space downfield thanks to his 4.45-second 40 time.

He uses his hands well in press, has good hip sink and is a very physical defensive back who can play both corner and safety. He plays big receivers very well, and excels when playing off. He's not great at any one thing, but he's very good at a lot of things, a very technicallly sound defender with a nose for the ball.

Edmonds played in seven games for the Blue Tornado this past season due to injury, but still tallied 26 tackles, one interception and had five kickoff returns for 135 yards. As a junior, he didn't see the ball thrown much in his direction, with 24 tackles and two interceptions, but he did block a field goal and returned it for a 75-yard touchdown, snapping Bowling Green (Ky.)'s 48-game winning streak, and scored a touchdown on a fumbled kickoff return in a win at McMinn County, and picked off two passes against Siegel.

"We are very fortunate to get him here," said cornerbacks coach John Lovett. "He's got great size and speed, comes from a great family, really has an outstanding personality, and it's going to be a thrill to coach him."

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