Nelson Agholor was born in Nigeria on May 24, 1993. A wide receiver and return specialist for the USC Trojans, he was named as an All-Pac-12 selection for the 2013 season as a punt returner.
After moving to the United States at the age of five, Agholor attended Berkeley Prep in Tampa, Florida and played in various roles, including wide receiver and running back. As a senior, he registered 1,983 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns from 212 carries. He was subsequently named as an All-American by Super Prep and PrepStar and received the Guy Toph Trophy, which is awarded to Hillsborough County's top player. Considered to be one of the nation's top wide receiver prospects, he received numerous offers from all over the country, but committed to the University of Southern California in early 2012.
In his freshman year at college, Agholor saw substantial playing time, serving as the team's backup wide receiver and playing on special teams. He appeared in all 13 of the USC Trojans' games, starting against Arizona State, UCLA and Georgia Tech and ended the season with 19 catches for 340 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, Agholor returned five kickoffs for 121 yards, finishing with a 24.2 yard average. He achieved the first 100 receiving yards game of his college football career against Oregon and at the end of the season, Scout.com named him as a second team Freshman All-American.
As a sophomore, Agholor became the team's first choice wide receiver and went on to start all 14 games over the course of the 2013 season. Throughout the year, he managed 56 receptions for 918 yards and six touchdowns and returned 10 kickoffs for 175 yards, ending up with a 17.5 yard average. Moreover, he had 18 punt returns for 343 yards, giving him an average of 19.1 yards per punt return. His punt returns average set a new USC single season record and was the second highest average for the season, nationally.
His performances in 2013 saw him honored with the team's Offensive Perimeter Player of the Year Award, while receiving a second team All-Pac-12 selection as a punt returner. Agholor was also named in several All-American teams as a punt returner and was included in the Phil Steele All-Pac-12 third team as a wide receiver.
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