Saquon Barkley will be waiting until after Penn State’s clash with Washington in Arizona to make his NFL Draft decision. The projected top-10 NFL Draft pick – if he does decide to forgo his final year of NCAA eligibility – is in Atlanta for media coverage prior to bowl season:
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“Definitely after the bowl game,” Barkley told reporters regarding the decision, according to Land of 10. “I’m definitely going to sit down with my family and just think about life, probably take a little break, and see what my family thinks, talk to my coaches and definitely talk to my teammates.”
Barkley is a top prospect by all accounts. The star running back still tops Mel Kiper’s Big Board and is currently a projected top-3 pick according to Bleacher Report. Barkley told media members this just weeks after announcing he’ll play in Penn State’s bowl game despite the recent trend for elite college football players to sit out of postseason play.
“Me and Coach Franklin have a really close relationship, so we talk prior to the season and and during the season,” Barkley said. “That’s, I’ll say, confidential between me and him. I’m happy I have a relationship with my head coach like that, that I know I can come to him any moment, any time, and I’m fortunate to have a relationship with Coach Franklin.”
Barkley made this announcement shortly after being passed over as a Heisman finalist. He put up impressive numbers once again this season, totaling 1,728 yards and 19 touchdowns as the Nittany Lions went 10-2 in the regular season. If Barkley does decide to go to the NFL after the Fiesta Bowl, he will certainly be a hot commodity.