While news comes hot off the presses in recruiting, the Trojans lose one of their most productive weapons in Nelson Agholor, who announced that he will be declaring for the 2015 NFL Draft. Agholor finished this past season on a tear, finishing third on a USC single-season reception list with 104 catches for 1,313 yards while recording 12 touchdowns.
The loss of an electric playmaker like Agholor, who became the first Trojan to record consecutive 200-yard games, does leave a massive hole in the USC offense heading into next season. But USC will bring in two junior college transfers in De'Quan Hampton and Isaac Whitney, who both will get action right away in Spring Football.
While Agholor has the physical tools to make an NFL roster, he is currently projected the 11th-best wide receiver (No. 81 overall) in a loaded draft class, according to NFL Draft Scout.
"These past three years at USC have been a blessing, along with a lot of my life. 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 said in an official statement.
Thanks to Nelson Agholor for all he did for our program. Great player, better person. Fight on— Pat Haden (@ADHadenUSC) January 3, 2015
Congrats to my boys @LWtrojan94 & @NelsonAgh15 on great college careers... Time to join the rest of us in NFL now! #Trojans2NFL— Devon Kennard (@DevonKennard) January 3, 2015
Over his three-year USC career, Agholor had 179 catches for 2,571 yards (14.4 average) with 20 TDs, along with 37 punt returns for 540 yards (14.6 average) with a school-record 4 TDs and 24 kickoff returns for 443 yards (18.5 average). He also recorded an outstanding 3,572 all-purpose yards with 24 TDs in his career.