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Saquon Barkley signs with Jay Z's Roc Nation

Penn State running back declared for draft Monday

Saquon Barkley told ESPN on Wednesday he has signed with Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports.

The Penn State junior is widely rated as the top college running back available in this year's NFL draft.

"It was a really easy decision," Barkley told ESPN. "A lot of people came around my way, but they were focused on me and they did a great job at selling my family on setting me up for life, bringing value outside of football. I felt like it was harder for other agencies to pitch that family feel when they were working with 30 or 40 guys."

This marks three out of the past four years that Jay Z's sport agency has signed one of the top running back prospects.

Roc Nation Sports also signed LSU running back Leonard Fournette, who was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the fourth pick in 2017, and inked Todd Gurley and C.J. Prosise, picked 10th and 90th overall, in 2015.

Barkley announced his intention to declare for the draft on Monday, the day after he totaled 175 total yards and two touchdowns in No. 9 Penn State's 35-28 victory over No. 12 Washington in the Fiesta Bowl.

Overall, his junior season saw him rack up 1,271 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns.


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