Tabbed No. 2 in the nation entering 2014, the Trojans are defying the odds and gunning for another crown.
THIS SEASON: Nelson enters his first season of competition at USC.
2014: Nelson scored one goal as a redshirt freshman... First career goal was vs. LaVerne on Sept. 6.
2013: Nelson redshirted his first season at USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: Nelson was a two-time All-CIF first team pick out of Oaks Christian High in Westlake Village, Calif.... Named league MVP as a senior and all-league first team as a junior... Won three water polo league championships and four swimming league championships... Led team in scoring as a junior and senior... Played club for South Coast WPC, Los Angeles WPC and 101 WPC... An honor student.
PERSONAL: Nelson is majoring in policy, planning & development and hopes to pursue a career as a business executive... Parents are David and Gigi... Has two brothers, Daniel and Michael, and one sister, Christina... His aunt and uncle Mimi and Donn Christensen also attended USC, and Donn was on the USC crew team... His father David, uncle John and sister Christina all were on crew teams at UCLA, and his brother Daniel played water polo at Air Force... Enjoys playing pickup basketball, hanging out with friends and listening to music in his free time... Lists Kobe Bryant as his biggest sports hero... Has always wanted to be in a band, see the Northern Lights and become a pilot... Hopes to travel to Greece, New Zealand, Tokyo and the Bahamas... Has interned at Warner Pacific insurance company and been a part-time coach at Oaks Christian... Born June 24, 1994.