This story begins in February 2014 with two young men trying to find their way, their place.
Saquon Barkley is 17, a star running back in eastern Pennsylvania whom some have dubbed "Little Barry Sanders." He has committed to play for Rutgers, and his father always tells him, "Be a man of your word."
But Rutgers athletics is suddenly synonymous with a coach firing basketballs at his players. And there's this ebullient new coach at Penn State named James Franklin, who could sell deer urine to a deer and calls Barkley "a guy we couldn't let leave the state."
J.T. Barrett, meanwhile, has been enrolled at Ohio State for a year and still has...