USC has had the benefit of watching a number of star receivers come through the program throughout its long and storied history, including recent stars Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, but the next great Trojan Wide receiver could be Nelson Agholor.
Playing in the shadows of the record-breaking Woods and Biletnikoff award-winner Lee meant there wasn’t going to be much playing time for the true freshman in 2012, but with Woods heading to the NFL, his time to shine for the Trojans will be this season.
As a freshman, Agholor had 19 receptions for 340 yards and two touchdowns in a limited role, but could see those numbers increase exponentially with a stable quarterback situation.
The rising sophomore stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs 185-pounds, which are nearly identical measurables to Woods and Lee, and the Florida native could put up statistics that makes the comparison between the Trojans trio even more spot on. He already has a vertical that puts the other two to shame, as evidenced by the dunk that made him famous as a prep basketball player.
A 1,000 yard season that approaches double-digit touchdown receptions is a realistic expectation after the performances he had during the two spring scrimmages that saw him reel in a 75-yard touchdown and a 43-yard score. Agholor and quarterback Cody Kessler have shown nice chemistry while Max Wittek was sidelined with a knee injury, and that rapport should help the duo as they look to take their games to the next level.
The proof will come in the summer and when the regular season starts, but the early indications are that Agholor is the next in a long line of great Trojan receivers.