USC All-Pac-12 OL Vera-Tucker opts out, to focus on draft
Alijah Vera-Tucker, the top returning offensive lineman at Southern California, revealed Wednesday that he has chosen to opt out of the upcoming Pac-12 season in order to train for the 2021 NFL Draft.
After earning All-Pac-12 honors at guard last season, Vera-Tucker was projected to be the Trojans’ starting left tackle after the departure of last year’s starter Austin Jackson.
The redshirt junior made the announcement in an extensive Twitter post Wednesday in an open letter to the USC football community.
“Best believe I’m going to miss this family,” he wrote. “There is nothing like putting that USC uniform and running out of that tunnel at the Coli with y’all. I know that the climb to greatness won’t stop for any of us.”
Vera-Tucker reportedly came close to declaring for the 2020 draft along with his former teammate Jackson, who was picked in the first round (18th overall) by the Miami Dolphins in April.
He becomes the second Trojans player to decide against playing the upcoming season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Defensive tackle Jay Tufele decided in August to enter the draft and sign with an agent.
–Field Level Media