Monday, January 30, 2012
Tampa WR Agholor heading to USC
By Corey Long
Distance will not be a factor for four-star athlete Nelson Agholor (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep). The nation's 47th-ranked player and No. 6-rated receiver will head west after signing a letter of intent with the USC Trojans.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior's first offer was from USC two years ago, and the Trojans never stopped recruiting him.
"For a long time I was looking at statistics, academics and the type of coaches I was going to be dealing with," Agholor said. "But in the end I wanted to go with my gut feeling."
Agholor said the final decision was made Tuesday night as he chose USC over Florida State, Florida, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.
"I was looking at five great universities, and I couldn't make a wrong choice," Agholor said. "I met great people, and I saw great opportunities academically, athletically and socially, and that's what made it really hard."
Agholor will play wide receiver for the Trojans. He played running back and safety in high school.
"I think my best fit is at wide receiver," Agholor added. "That's where I wanted to play, but I will play anywhere on the offensive side of the ball that I can.
"If they want to work me in at tailback during camp, I will take that opporutnity."
Agholor's recruitment was a very diplomatic affair as he entertained visiting at least a dozen schools. In the end, he wanted to single one particular person out for their assistance.
"There a lot of people to thank, but my head coach Dominick Ciao, he is one of the most geniune men I've ever met, and he's done so much for me," Agholor added. "When I got nominated to the Under Armour game it came about because I worked hard.
"I worked hard due to the influence of Coach Ciao, because he never lied to me, and he always made sure I followed through with everything I did."
Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at email@example.com.