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Saquon Barkley signed with Jay-Z's Roc Nation for representation as he moves toward an NFL career,

Penn State RB Saquon Barkley signs with agency; Ricky Rahne now fully in charge of offense

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From Nittany Nation to Roc Nation

Saquon Barkley wasted little time picking an agent.

On Wednesday, Barkley told’s Darren Rovell, Jay-Z, aka Sean Carter, will represent him. Yes, Barkley has gone from Nittany Nation to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.

Barkley is the top prospect on ESPN’s Mel Kiper’s NFL draft board.

From Rovell:

Barkley and his family were invited to Jay Z’s home in Los Angeles this week, when the two talked about his business future.

“I’m obviously a big fan of his,” Barkley said. “He is a wise man, has a lot of knowledge and gives good advice.”

Barkley will be represented by Roc Nation’s Kim Miale, who represents Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, among others.

Barkley and Roc Nation were tweeting about it Wednesday as well.

So Saquon’s got 99 problems, but finding an agent isn’t one.

Full control

The Fiesta Bowl was Ricky Rahne’s official debut as the offensive coordinator of the Nittany Lions, but this week he really gets down to work, writes Pennlive’s Greg Pickel.

As Pickel writes, Rahne must come up with the scheme and find the talent to keep Penn State a top threat offensively. Not only does Rahne need to replace Barkley, he must also find a replacement for tight end Mike Gesicki, and wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton.

Easier said that done. But Rahne’s offense did utilize running back Miles Sanders and wide receivers Juwan Johnson, Brandon Polk and DeAndre Thompkins, all of whom return for the 2018 season. Not to mention the guy behind center, Trace McSorley, returns too.

The rich get richer

Does recruiting really determine who will win the national title?

Bud Elliott of SB Nation thinks so, saying Penn State is one of four teams that could join the Blue Chip Ratio Club in the 2018 season.

Writes Elliott:

Penn State is signing a top class this season, and the 2014 class in which the Nittany Lions signed just five blue-chip recruits is rotating off. I’m impressed by the defensive linemen Penn State is getting with Micah Parsons, PJ Mustipher, and perhaps Jayson Oweh.

Elliott says that the 2018 champion could come from a crop of 14 teams. It should be noted he had Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma and Clemson in his Ratio Club for the 2017 season.

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Early look ahead

A lot will unfold over the offseason but it’s never too early to throw darts and pick who will win the Big Ten title in 2018.

Tim Bielik of does just that, unveiling his way-too-early conference picks for the 2018 season.

Bielik pegs Ohio State to repeat as conference champion and Wisconsin, fresh off it’s Orange Bowl victory, to finish second.

Penn State?

From Bielik: