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Name: *Alijah Vera-Tucker 
College: Southern California     Number: 75
Height: 6-3   Weight: 315
Position: OG  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: rJr/2021

40 Low: 5.06
   40 Time: 5.17
  40 High: 5.28
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 Data Scout Notes: 2020: POutland...2019: 2ndC

 *Alijah Vera-Tucker, Southern California, Player News


  The tackle to his left declared for the draft. The tackle to his right graduated. The left guard next to him moved to left tackle, after briefly considering leaving for the NFL, while the guard on his right side will likely shift out to right tackle. After an offseason of upheaval up front, Brett Neilon is the lone player still standing in the same place along USC's offensive line. How the pieces will fit around him is one of the most pressing questions facing the Trojans over the next three weeks of camp. Coaches are counting on Neilon, a junior center, to be the centerpiece in establishing the chemistry USC is searching for up front. "When you're trying to get five guys to play as one, you have to have one guy that can get everyone on the same page and make sure we're all pulling the rope in the same direction," offensive coordinator Graham Harrell said. "That's Brett's job, so on the field for him it's a ton of responsibility. The fact that he has as many reps as he has and he's as smart as he is really helps that cause."

It also doesn't hurt to have one of the Pac-12's top lineman back. Alijah Vera-Tucker's decision to opt in and play after initially declaring for the draft was clearly a major coup for a USC offense short on proven options up front. "After a lot of thought, I thought, why not?" Vera-Tucker said Tuesday. "Why not come back and be with my brothers, compete for a Pac-12 championship? Nothing really changed. The reason I came back last year was to do the same exact thing." But Vera-Tucker returns to far less depth and far more uncertainty up front this year than last. The All-Pac-12 guard will shift to left tackle, answering the most glaring of those questions. Jalen McKenzie, who started at right guard, is expected to move to right tackle. - Los Angeles Times


(DS#4 OG) rJr/2021 OG *Alijah Vera-TuckerSouthern California
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  Southern California offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker has opted back into the upcoming season, giving an enormous boost to the Trojans' offense. Vera-Tucker announced his decision Tuesday on social media. He opted out in September when the Pac-12 was planning not to play until spring. Vera-Tucker started 13 games at left guard as a sophomore last season, making the All-Pac-12 first team. He is expected to move to left tackle this season as the replacement for first-round pick Austin Jackson, now the Miami Dolphins' rookie starting left tackle. - AP College Football

(DS#4 OG) rJr/2021 OG *Alijah Vera-TuckerSouthern California
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  Vera-Tucker is the second Trojan starter in the trenches to declare his intention to skip the season. Defensive tackle Jay Tufele announced last month that he would enter the draft and signed with an agent, leaving USC shorthanded on its defensive front. Losing Vera-Tucker is an even more devastating blow to an offensive line that could ill afford to lose any depth. As a sophomore last season, Vera-Tucker emerged as USC's most consistent lineman from his spot at left guard, earning All-Pac-12 honors by season's end. His standout season nearly convinced him to declare for the draft last winter, but he chose to return with the promise of replacing Austin Jackson, who was drafted in the first round, at left tackle.

The question now turns to whether other Trojans might opt out before then. Safety Talanoa Hufanga has also been projected as a possible first-round pick. Wideout Amon-ra St. Brown is viewed as a likely top-100 selection, while fellow wideout Tyler Vaughns nearly declared after last season. Last week, shortly after Tufele made his decision, USC coach Clay Helton said he urged players to take their time in deciding on the draft. "You have all the way until the middle of January to make that decision," Helton said. "Don't rush the decision." Less than a week later, one of the Trojans' most talented prospects announced that he would opt out. - Los Angeles Times


(DS#4 OG) rJr/2021 OG *Alijah Vera-TuckerSouthern California
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  Southern California offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker has opted out of the upcoming season to enter the NFL draft. Vera-Tucker started 13 games at left guard for the Trojans last season, making the All-Pac-12 first team. He was expected to move to left tackle this season as the replacement for first-round pick Austin Jackson, who won the starting job for the Miami Dolphins this week. Vera-Tucker is the second player lost to the NFL by the Trojans while the Pac-12 determines whether it can play a football season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Defensive tackle Jay Tufele left the school in August. - AP College Football

(DS#4 OG) rJr/2021 OG *Alijah Vera-TuckerSouthern California
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  2020 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: G Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC,...Vera-Tucker, a junior, made the All-Pac-12 second team in 2019 when he was named USC's Offensive Lineman of the Year while starting at left guard. Ron Yary in 1967 is USC's only previous winner of the Outland Trophy. - USC Football

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  2019 ALL-PAC-12 SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL Alijah Vera-Tucker, R-So., USC,...Offensive guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, defensive lineman Drake Jackson, safety Talanoa Hufanga and kickoff returner Velus Jones Jr. made the All-Pac-12 second team, as did Pittman as a special teams player. Drake Jackson also made Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year honorable mention. Vera-Tucker was graded by Pro Football Focus as the Pac-12's best offensive guard in 2019. - USC Football

(DS#4 OG) rJr/2021 OG *Alijah Vera-TuckerSouthern California
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