Saquon Barkley made his first public comments since declaring for the NFL Draft when he joined College GameDay on Monday at the Rose Bowl.
Speaking with ESPN’s Maria Taylor and David Pollack, the star running back elaborated on his unsurprising choice to go pro and answered a question about what he wants his legacy to be at Penn State.
“That’s something that was really important for me,” Barkley said of his Nittany Lion legacy. “Obviously with the help of my teammates, I wanted to go out as one of the best. I want to be remembered as one of the best players to come out of Penn State, and hopefully at the next level I can continue to represent the blue and white.”
Barkley’s legacy as one of the best players in Penn State history should be safe for a long time. He leaves the program after three spectacular seasons. Barkley had 3,843 rushing yards, 1,195 receiving yards, 54 touchdowns (43 rushing, 8 receiving, 2 kick returning, 1 passing) and countless highlights in a Penn State uniform.
The fourth-place finisher in 2017’s Heisman Trophy voting, Barkley is expected by most analysts to be a top-10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.