FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, Southern California running back Markese Stepp (30) is lifted into the end zone by Alijah Vera-Tucker (75) as Notre Dame safety Alohi Gilman defends during an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind. Vera-Tucker has opted back in to the upcoming season, giving an enormous boost to the Trojans' offense. Vera-Tucker announced his decision Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, on social media. He opted out in September when the Pac-12 was uncertain about the resumption of its season. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, Southern California running back Markese Stepp (30) is lifted into the end zone by Alijah Vera-Tucker (75) as Notre Dame safety Alohi Gilman defends during an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind. Vera-Tucker has opted back in to the upcoming season, giving an enormous boost to the Trojans' offense. Vera-Tucker announced his decision Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, on social media. He opted out in September when the Pac-12 was uncertain about the resumption of its season. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker is headed to the NFL draft.

The left tackle made his long-anticipated announcement Monday. He was a fourth-year junior this season.

Vera-Tucker opted out of the 2020 season in September when the Pac-12 delayed its start, but opted back in before the Trojans began play. He was a guard in 2019, but moved to left tackle this season.

Vera-Tucker is expected to be among the top offensive line prospects in the upcoming draft.

No. 21 USC won the Pac-12 South with an unbeaten regular season, but lost 31-24 at home to Oregon in the conference title game. The Trojans then decided not to participate in a bowl game.

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