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10 Questions with Four-Star Commit Saquon Barkley

Despite a somewhat disappointing 6-6 finish to the regular season, head coach James Franklin has put together one of the best recruiting classes in the nation for the class of 2015. With 19 total recruits, 11 of which are four-stars, the class ranks 10th nationally, and the recruits will look to make an immediate impact next year in their freshman seasons.

We were able to talk to one of the members of the recruiting class, four-star running back Saquon Barkley from Whitehall, Pa. and we asked him 10 questions about his commitment, the recruiting process, and coming to Penn State next year.

Onward State: Why did you choose Penn State?

Saquon Barkley: The reason why I chose Penn State was because Coach Franklin is just a great recruiter. Overall, it was just the best fit for me.

OS: Are there any other recruits you’ve connected with?

SB: I’m connected with all the commits. We have a group message, and talk almost everyday.

OS: What was the Whiteout game like as a recruit?

SB: I’ve been to two in the last two years, and they were great. They just made me anxious to get there.

OS: What was it like playing with all the other top recruits at The Opening?

SB: It was a great experience and I learned a lot and got to go against the best in the nation.

OS: You were originally committed to play for Rutgers. What was the biggest difference that made you switch to Penn State?

SB: Education [was first], and [Penn State was] just a better fit for me and my family.

OS: What has been your favorite part of the recruiting process?

SB: Just the visits. I love everything about them.

OS: What are you most looking forward to about coming here?

SB: Getting a great education and a chance to showcase my talents in front of #107kStrong.

OS: Are you excited to play with [fellow running back] Akeel Lynch? What do you hope to learn from him?

SB: Yeah I’m really excited! I look forward to learn a lot from him and I’m willing to learn and take his advice.

OS: What was your favorite part about your senior season of high school?

SB: Everything! I love high school football and I’m going to miss everything about it, but now I’m on to new things.

OS: If you were a dinosaur, which would you be and why?

SB: [I would be a] T-Rex, because no one messes with a T-Rex.

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Mike Reisman

is a senior Supply Chain Management major with an Economics minor (Read: Business Douche) from South Jersey. He has an intense fear of graduating so please don't bring it up. He writes about stupid things nobody cares about, and student life if the site is low on content that is clearly supposed be funny but is really very unfunny. He is lovingly (?) known around the staff as Baby Mike which may or may not be because he has a child (hint: it’s not). He’s also a second generation Penn Stater who has been wearing Penn State sweatshirts since before he was two, a habit he hasn’t grown out of. If you really hate yourself, you can follow him on twitter at @mike_reisman or email him at [email protected]


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