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USC left guard Alijah Vera-Tucker to return

USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker heads to the practice field during training camp last August.
USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker heads to the practice field during training camp last August.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Two days after one of USC’s top offensive linemen declared for the NFL draft, another has opted to stay.

Left guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, whom Pro Football Focus graded as USC’s top lineman last season, announced Saturday that he will return to USC for his redshirt junior season.

“There is still a lot more that I want to accomplish,” Vera-Tucker wrote on Twitter.

In his first full season as a starter, Vera-Tucker emerged as USC’s most consistent interior offensive lineman. His return is important for a line that must already replace both starting offensive tackles.

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Left tackle Austin Jackson announced earlier this week that he would forgo his final season of eligibility and declare for the draft.


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