Nelson Agholor big pickup for Trojans


After losing two wide receivers to transfers, the Trojans received a big boost at the position on Wednesday, when Nelson Agholor (Tampa/Berkeley Prep) announced on ESPNU that he will sign a letter of intent with USC.

Agholor is the No. 6-ranked receiver in the country and the No. 47 player overall. His recruitment came down to a final five of USC, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, but his connection with the USC coaches and players proved too much for the local schools to overcome.

Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, Agholor moved to the United States with his family when he was five years old. USC was the first school to offer the 6-foot-1, 180-pound athlete a scholarship, and Agholor’s relationship with assistant coach Monte Kiffin was essential in getting him in cardinal and gold.

He served as a running back at Berkeley Prep last season, rushing for 1,983 yards and scoring 28 touchdowns. While he has the ability to play tailback at the next level, he will enter USC as a receiver.

Agholor possesses the kind of athleticism and competitive fire that will allow him to fit in perfectly with the USC offense and receiving corps. During two unofficial visits and an official visit to USC, Agholor developed a strong connection with several USC players, most notably fellow receiver Robert Woods. Though Woods and Marqise Lee will form a potent duo and George Farmer will be looking to break through in his second year, it won’t be surprising to see Agholor push for playing time as a true freshman. He is reminiscent of Woods in his smoothness in and out of routes and his determination to improve every day.

Agholor’s commitment continues this USC staff’s strong recruiting in Florida, as they have signed at least one player from the state in all three of their classes.