LOS ANGELES, California — Penn State’s running back Saquon Barkley confirmed via Twitter that has indeed signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports for representation of his professional brand ahead of the upcoming NFL Draft.
“It was a really easy decision,” Barkley said to ESPN. “A lot of people came around my way, but they were focused on me and they did a great job at selling my family on setting me up for life, bringing value outside of football. I felt like it was harder for other agencies to pitch that family feel when they were working with 30 or 40 guys.”
— Roc Nation (@RocNation) 3 januari 2018
Barkley, the top rated player on Mel Kiper’s Big Board, is leaving the school after a junior season that yielded 1,271 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns, including last week’s bowl game against the University of Washington. He announced he was going pro on Dec. 31, the next day.
Barkley and his family were invited to Jay Z’s home in Los Angeles this week, where 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 also represents Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, among others.
“We think he’s the best player in this draft and we’re thrilled he became part of our family,” Miale said.