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02/19/15 - 2015 NFL Combine Quick Hits: Although he will certainly meet with more teams, Southern Cal WR Nelson Agholor said he has had only one formal meeting so far: the Cleveland Browns, a team who will likely target a pass-catcher in the first two rounds. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/17/15 - 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 51/9. *Nelson Agholor, WR, Southern Cal, 6-1, 190, 4.49, 2...Although he was born in Nigeria where his father, Felix, was a soccer player, Agholor was already a dazzling football player as a junior at Berkeley Prep in Tampa, Fla., when he rushed for 1,440 yards, added 323 yards on returns and grabbed three interceptions. As a high-school senior, he demanded the attention of college recruiters with his dynamic play at running back (1,983 yards rushing, 28 touchdowns), wide receiver (10 catches, 117 yards, two TDs), cornerback (three interceptions) and punt returner (8 at 32 yards per). So it was hardly surprising that he was one of the most exciting receivers and returners in a career at USC that included 178 catches for 2,572 yards with 20 touchdowns and 36 punt returns for 548 yards and a school record four scores. Agholor is a fierce competitor with excellent work habits in the weight and film rooms and takes his role as a team leader seriously. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/03/15 - USC WR Nelson Agholor to enter 2015 NFL Draft...USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor has decided to enter the 2015 NFL Draft instead of returning for his senior season. "These past three years at USC have been a blessing, along with a lot of my life," Agholor said in a statement. "I am very grateful to have had the coaches and staff members of this prestigious university in my life. Because of these men and women, I feel prepared to follow my dreams into the NFL. Thank you to the Trojan family for allowing me to become one of your own."
Agholor leaves USC with a school record for punt return touchdowns and in the top eight of the program's career receiving list. The junior had 104 receptions for 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014, helping the Trojans to a nine-win season in Year 1 under new coach Steve Sarkisian. "All of us at USC thank Nelson for all he has done here," Sarkisian said. "He had an outstanding career and will always be a Trojan. We wish him the best and look forward to watching him at the next level." USC quarterback Cody Kessler already announced that he would return for 2015, improving the odds for a run at the program's first Pac-12 South division title. While losing a rare and talented player like Agholor is never ideal, USC does have plenty of young talent at wide receiver (JuJu Smith, Darreus Rogers, George Farmer) ready to step up in his place. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
11/14/14 - Nelson Agholor and Cody Kessler turned the Coliseum into their personal playground in the first half, throwing and catching all over the field while Southern California romped to a big early advantage. By the time California nearly caught up under a November rain, Agholor and Kessler had built just enough of a lead to keep the Trojans rolling toward a big finish to their season. Agholor caught a career-high 16 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns, and Kessler passed for 371 yards and four scores in USC's 38-30 victory over California on Thursday night.
Agholor and Kessler shredded Cal's porous pass defense while USC (7-3, 6-2 Pac-12) jumped to an early 31-2 lead before holding on for its fourth win in five games. Although both stars lamented the Trojans' second half, they felt good about their connection heading into season-ending games against UCLA and Notre Dame. "We got out early and got a comfortable lead, but they're a real good team," Kessler said. "They fought back. Our guys really fought through it and kept working hard." Agholor had another spectacular night under the Coliseum lights, becoming the first receiver in USC's storied history to post back-to-back, 200-yard games. The Trojans' lower-key successor to Robert Woods and Marqise Lee had nine catches for 139 yards after the first snap of the second quarter. - AP Sports
08/11/14 - 2014 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Nelson Agholor, Southern California...Agholor, one of college football's most exciting wide receivers and returners, looks to continue in both roles as a junior in 2014. He has 75 catches for 1,258 yards (16.8 avg) with 8 TDs in his career, along with 18 punt returns for 343 yards (19.1 avg) with 2 TDs and 15 kickoff returns for 296 yards (19.7 avg). - USC football