Saquon Barkley confirmed after Penn State’s Fiesta Bowl win over Washington that he has not made a decision on whether he will enter the 2018 NFL Draft.
“Right now I’m not even on focused on that. I’m just trying to enjoy the moment,” he told ESPN’s Tom Luginbill after Penn State’s 35-28 win Saturday.
“Whether it’s the day after or the next few weeks or the last day, I’ll make that decision.”
Barkley had 137 yards on 18 carries on Saturday. Ninety-two of those came on this run that gave Penn State a 28-7 lead in the second quarter.
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Barkley has made a point not to appear leaning in either direction as his junior season went on, but his status as a likely top-10 pick has been hard to ignore.
“Definitely after the bowl game,” Barkley said earlier this month when asked about his decision timeline. “I’m definitely going to sit down with my family and just think about life, probably take a little break and see what my family thinks, talk to my coaches and definitely talk to my teammates. I’ll have my decision made then.
“Me and Coach [James] Franklin have a really close relationship, so we talk prior to the season and during the season. That’s, I’ll say, confidential between me and him. I’m happy I have a relationship with my head coach like that, that I know I can come to him any moment, any time, and I’m fortunate enough to have a relationship with Coach Franklin.”