Saquon Barkley was a blue chip recruit from Whitehall HS in the 2015 recruiting class, one of two four-star running backs in that year's class. Notably, Barkley flipped his commitment from B1G East foe Rutgers, spurning the Scarlet Knights for the Nittany Lions.
While the other highly touted running back in his recruiting class - former Bishop McDevitt HS star Andre Robinson - redshirted during the 2015 season, James Franklin saw enough potential in Barkley to let him play, adding his name to the mix of unknown running back depth. His season started slowly, with just 1 carry for 1 yard in the season-opening loss to Temple.
The very next week, however, he exploded with a 12-carry, 115-yard performance against Buffalo, literally leaping onto the scene and endearing himself to the fan base during the process. Saquon went on to record 1,076 yards rushing on the season, averaging 5.9 yards per carry with 7 TDs - all while rushing behind an offensive line that allowed Christian Hackenberg to be sacked 38 times.
The future looks bright for Barkley, even with Robinson coming off his redshirt, and incoming freshman phenom Miles Sanders looking to break into the rotation. The possible 1-2-3 punch of running backs this season should have Penn State fans salivating.
26 days until kickoff!