Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Saquon Barkley signs with Jay-Z's sports agency ahead of NFL Draft

Saquon Barkley signs with Jay-Z's sports agency ahead of NFL Draft

Barkley and Roc Nation announced their signing Wednesday, three days after Barkley declared himself eligible for the 2018 National Football League draft.

According to a Tweet from Darren Rovell, Penn State star and top running back prospect Saquon Barkley has signed with Roc Nation Sports for his representation in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Roc Nation Sports, formed in 2013 as part of Jay Z's entertainment agency, represents some of the most high-profile athletes in the U.S. The agency's clients include Kevin Durant, Dez Bryant, CC Sabathia, Ndamukong Suh and Yoenis Cespedes.

Penn State football coach James Franklin celebrates the win over Iowa with running back Saquon Barkley during an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. "I felt like it was harder for other agencies to pitch that family feel when they were working with 30 or 40 guys".

"It was a really easy decision", Barkley said.

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Roc Nation is relatively new to the sports agency world, having launched its sports division just five years ago.

Now that the Miami Dolphins season is over, it's time for the team to look towards the East-West Shrine Bowl, the Senior Bowl, and the 2018 NFL Draft.

Barkley said he was recently invited to Jay-Z's home to talk business.

Roc Nation Sports also signed LSU running back Leonard Fournette, who was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the fourth pick in 2017, and inked Todd Gurley and C.J. Prosise, picked 10th and 90th overall, in 2015. "He is a wise man, has a lot of knowledge and gives good advice". In addition, he caught 54 balls for 632 yards and three scores.

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