James Franklin added another four-star recruit to his 2015 recruiting class this afternoon. Four-star running back Saquon Barkley, originally a Rutgers commit, flipped to Penn State.
This is the second recruit Franklin’s flipped from Rutgers during his short time in Happy Valley, following four-star receiver Saeed Blacknall’s switch from the Scarlet Knights to Penn State in late January.
— Saquon Barkley (@saquonb21) February 19, 2014
Barkley’s a 5-foot-11, 190 pound back from Whitehall High School in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. After receiving offers from Pitt, Penn State, and Rutgers, he ultimately chose Scarlet Knights on September 7th, 2013.
According to his HUDI site, Barkley rushed for 1,503 yards and set a single-season record with 27 touchdowns during his junior season at Whitehall. He averaged 7.3 yards per rush, and was named first team all conference running back. Barkley runs a 4.48 second 40-yard dash and has a 37-inch vertical.
Barkley joins fellow four-star prospects Ryan Bates and Kamonte Carter and two-star safety Jarvis Miller as the first members of Franklin’s 2015 recruiting class. The rookie coach also made offers to some of the nation’s top juniors over the past few days. We’ll see if those offers turn into commitments.