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Nelson Agholor entering NFL draft

USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor will forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft, the school announced Saturday.

Agholor caught 104 passes for 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns this season for USC, which finished 9-4 after a 45-42 win against Nebraska in the National University Holiday Bowl. In three years with the Trojans, he caught 179 passes for 2,572 yards and 20 touchdowns and returned a school-record four punts for touchdowns.

"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 is the No. 8-ranked draft-eligible receiver, according to ESPN NFL Draft Insider Mel Kiper Jr., and is projected to go as high as the second round.

"All of us at USC thank Nelson for all he has done here. He had an outstanding career and will always be a Trojan," USC coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement. "We wish him the best and look forward to watching him at the next level."

Agholor is the second receiver from the Pac-12 to leave early for the draft, joining Arizona State's Jaelen Strong.