Penn State's Saquon Barkley signs with Jay-Z's Roc Nation agency

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Saquon Barkley has signed with entertainer Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports agency, joining a group that includes some of the biggest names in sports.

Saquon Barkley AP FILE PHOTO

Barkley and Roc Nation announced their signing Wednesday, three days after Barkley declared himself eligible for 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.

Barkley is the fourth running back on Roc Nation’s Sports roster of clients, joining Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams, Leonard Fournette of the Jacksonville Jaguars and C.J. Prosise of the the Seattle Seahawks.

Gurley was the 10th overall pick of the 2015 NFL draft, Prosise was a third-round pick in 2016 and Fournette was selected No. 4 overall last year.

Many analysts consider Barkley, a Whitehall High graduate, the No. 1 running back in the upcoming draft and a certain first-round draft pick.

"We think he's the best player in this draft, and we're thrilled he became part of our family," agent Kim Miale, who will represent Barkley, told ESPN.