247Sports Names Saquon Barkley Preseason Second-Team All-American
247Sports thinks Saquon Barkley is the fourth-best running back in the nation, as the site released its preseason All-Americans Friday and No. 26 landed on the second-team offense.
247Sports Director of Scouting Barton Simmons has long been sold on the elite skill set of Penn State’s star sophomore. Simmons recently said in one of his weekly “Cover 3” columns:
To me, Barkley is on the same tier nationally at running back as names like Leonard Fournette, [Christian] McCaffrey, Nick Chubb, and Dalvin Cook.
Well, he backed that statement up by listing Barkley behind only Cook, Fournette, and Oregon’s Royce Freeman on the predicted All-American depth chart, if you will. To put that feat, albeit of the preseason variety, into perspective, Stanford stud Christian McCaffrey — last year’s Heisman runner-up and the new seasonal all-purpose yards record holder — didn’t make the cut. He did, however, find himself as the first-team all-purpose specialist. Earlier this preseason, the Coplay, Pa., native was touted as the No. 55 player in all of college football according to the 247Sports 2016 Best Players ranking.
Barkley is one of only five sophomores to make the first- or second-team, as Alabama wideout Calvin Ridley, Florida State safety Derwin James, Texas A&M punt returner Christian Kirk, and Florida return man Antonio Callaway were also recognized for their rapid development and potential.