Penn State Commit Saquon Barkley Named Mr. PA Football
Penn State class of 2015 commit and four-star running back Saquon Barkley was named Mr. PA Football on Saturday after a stellar senior season at Whitehall High School. More than 90,000 votes were collected from coaches, players, sports writers and football fans across the commonwealth, with more than 35,000 attached to the list of 11 finalists.
Barkley, ranked the 14th-best running back in the country and second-best recruit in Pennsylvania according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings, finished his senior season with 1,856 rushing yards and a single-season record 29 touchdowns. He finishes his career with nearly 3,700 rushing yards and 61 scores, both program records. Barkley shared the honor with South Williamsport’s Dominick Bragalone, who rushed for a Pennsylvania state-record 4,717 yards.
“It’s a great feeling, even being compared to some of the great athletes up here like Andre, Jordan and [Pine-Richland QB] Ben DiNucci,” Barkley told PennLive. “I’m just honored to win a prestigious award like this. I wanted to thank everyone who voted for me.”
After originally committing to Rutgers, James Franklin convinced Barkley to flip to the Nittany Lions last February, and he became an official member of the 2015 class after signing his letter of intent on National Signing Day.
At 5-foot-11, 208 pounds with 4.63 40-yard speed, per his HUDL page, Barkley has the chance to pay immediate dividends for a lackluster Penn State running game that must replace graduating seniors Bill Belton and Zach Zwinak. During Saquon Barkley’s clips at the “Signature Event,” Franklin said the running back “has a habit of hurdling people, which is technically illegal in high school.” Franklin vowed to allow the nifty move at the next level, so that’s something to be excited about less than two months away from the annual Blue-White spring game.