With the Pac-12 season roughly a month away, USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker has opted back in to the 2020 season.

Vera-Tucker previously announced he would not play this year and would focus on preparing for the NFL draft, however that decision came in early September when the Pac-12 was postponed until at least January 2021.

The decision is a huge boost for the Trojans, who are expected to be among the top contenders in the late-arriving Pac-12 season. Vera-Tucker, a second-team AP preseason All-American, is the fifth-ranked draft-eligible guard in ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s most recent rankings.

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