Alijah Vera-Tucker (#75)
6’4” 315 lbs
21 y/o Redshirt Junior Southern California
(photo credits: theozone.net)
Games watched: vs. Oregon (‘20), vs. Notre Dame (‘19), vs. Stanford (‘19)
Alijah Vera-Tucker was a two-way player at Bishop O'Dowd High School
in Oakland, CA. He played four years as an OT and as a DT. By the end
of his senior year in 2016, he had won the state’s Class 5AA
championship, first-team USA Today All-California, 19th best OT
nationally, and 141st best player nationally. He committed to the
University of Southern California.
Vera-Tucker decided to redshirt his true freshman season in 2017.
As a redshirt freshman in 2018, he got back up reps in all 12 games at RG and
Switching to LG in 2019, he started all 13 games during his redshirt
sophomore year. That resulted in him winning USC’s Offensive Lineman
of the Year and Associated Press All Pac 12 First Team.
His 2020 season began with him opting out. Vera-Tucker eventually had a
change of heart and played in all six games at LT. He was selected All
Pac 12 First Team, All American Honorable Mention, and the Morris
Trophy winner as the best offensive lineman in the conference voted on by
opposing defensive linemen.
● Position flexibility; able to effectively play LG, RG, and LT.
● Above-average athleticism
● Above-average natural strength
● Plays with great body control, balance, and kick slide in pass sets
● Has a mauler mentality; blocks with nastiness in run sets.
● Shows consistency with low pad level, which allows leverage advantage
● Above-average coordination with eyes, hands, and footwork
● Very good at down blocking and pull blocking.
● Very consistent effort getting to LBs on the second level
● Takes very effective blocking angles on defenders
● Very high football IQ and awareness against stunts and blitzes
● Sometimes gets pushed back too quickly
● Needs to stay engaged with blocks longer on pass plays.
● Could look for more opponents to block after the primary assignment.
● Needs to have better hand placement inside the pads of his defender
● Sometimes beaten by inside moves when over committing to the outside
Alijah Vera-Tucker’s natural abilities are best suited for zone blocking
schemes. He can also be effective in power-run schemes too.
He can play both LG and LT at a highly effective level. There is concern
that he does not have the ideal height for a prototypical NFL LT. His
athleticism and nasty demeanor will allow him to thrive on the interior as
an NFL guard.
His football smarts and awareness will allow him to start right away and
potentially be a Pro Bowler in a few years.
Overall Grade: 6.5 (Day 1 Solid Starter with Pro Bowl potential)