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Barkley declares for the NFL Draft

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley attempted to hide his interest in declaring for the NFL Draft. He said he was going to let his decision “hit him in the head” before making his announcement.

Barkley wasted no time in letting his decision known, as he has declared for the 2018 NFL Draft via an Instagram post. He is expected to be a Top 5 draft pick.

Former Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley is seen here in his final collegiate game against the Washington Huskies following the game after a win in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Saturday (Getty Images)

Former Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley is seen here in his final collegiate game against the Washington Huskies following the game after a win in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Saturday (Getty Images)

“I would like to start off by saying thank you so much for all of the memories that you have helped create over the last three years, whether it be on the football field, in school or in the community,” Barkley said. “I am forever grateful to you for making my time here so enjoyable. You have been amazing to me through the ups and downs of my career and you will always have a special place in my heart.

“With that being said, God has blessed me with the opportunity to pursue the dream I have had since I was a little kid of playing in the NFL. I would like to thank God, my family, especially my mom, dad, brothers, and sisters, my coaches and teammates, the athletic training and performance enhancement staffs at Penn State, my support system from Whitehall and the Penn State fans, who have helped me be in position to have a decision like this. After lots of thought, prayer and conversation with those closest to me, I have decided to forgo my senior season and enter the NFL Draft.”

He helped guide the No. 9 Nittany Lions to a win over the No. 11 Washington Huskies in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Saturday afternoon. Barkley had 18 carries for 127 rushing yards, including two touchdowns in the game.

He had a 92 yard rushing touchdown against the Huskies. That run broke the all-time record for a run from scrimmage in Fiesta Bowl history.

It also tied a Penn State record for the longest run in school history. Barkley also had seven receptions for 38 yards.

Farewell Penn State, thank you for everything! #WeAre 🔵⚪️

A post shared by Saquon Barkley (@sb_xxvi) on

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