Lions land four-star recruit

Posted: February 21, 2014

Penn State coach James Franklin continued to reap the benefits of his first "junior day" when running back Saquon Barkley of Whitehall, Pa., flipped his commitment from Rutgers to the Nittany Lions for the freshman class of 2015, Barkley confirmed Wednesday to several media outlets.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Barkley, a four-star recruit, is rated the No. 7 running back in Pennsylvania and No. 21 in the United States by 247Sports. He committed last September to Rutgers before rushing for 1,506 yards and 23 touchdowns in his junior season.

Barkley told the Allentown Morning Call that his change of heart was "one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life" because he was taught "never go back on your word."

"But I just had to . . . do what was best for me," he told the newspaper. "Rutgers was my dream school at the time [of his first commitment]. Penn State was just a better fit for me."

In other Penn State news, freshman Tanner Hartman, a 6-foot-5, 255-pound guard who sat out the 2013 season as a redshirt, told PennLive.com he will transfer at the end of the spring semester.


 

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