4-star OT Alijah Vera-Tucker Checks Out UCLA

Apr. 12 -- Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd four-star offensive tackle Alijah Vera-Tucker checked out both the Los Angeles schools, UCLA and USC, earlier this spring...

Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd offensive tackle Alijah Vera-Tucker has plans to visit a few schools this summer.


But the four-star got an early start on checking out some of the in-state schools, visiting both UCLA and USC for a spring practice and a tour.

Vera-Tucker ended the weekend at UCLA.

"UCLA was really cool," said Vera-Tucker.  "They have a big campus and it is really beautiful."

Vera-Tucker also got to spend some time with the Bruin coaches.

"I talked to most of the UCLA coaches, but spent most of my time with Coach (Adrian) Klemm and Coach Angus (McClure) and I met a few of the players," said Vera-Tucker.  "I also got to talk with Coach (Jim) Mora for a while after I went to practice.  I really like Coach Mora, how he welcomed me.  He liked my film and welcomed me up there.  Coach McClure sat down with us and gave us a tour of the school."

Vera-Tucker said he clicked with Klemm, the Bruins' offensive line coach.

"Coach Klemm I thought was really cool," said Vera-Tucker.  "He's really loud and gets on you when you mess up, but he really focuses on technique and he really forms a bond with the players.  The players say he's like a father to them."

Vera-Tucker got to see the plans for the UCLA football facilities that are set to be ready next fall.

"They would be done my freshman year and looking at the blueprints and what it will look like, there are going to be some really nice facilities for the football team."

Vera-Tucker first checked out USC.

"It was great and the campus was really great," said Vera-Tucker.  "I got to meet a lot of the players and I could really relate to them."

Vera-Tucker was able to meet with the Trojan coaches while on campus.

"I got to talk to the coaches as well and met all of the coaching staff and that was cool," said Vera-Tucker.  "I sat down with Coach (Neil) Callaway, the offensive line coach and Coach (Clay) Helton.  I talk to almost all of the coaching staff, but I talk to Coach Callaway twice a week.  He is a really cool guy.  He's calm, but then when he gets on the field, he turns on the fire and gets really loud.  I like a coach like that."

Vera-Tucker said he liked what he saw from the Trojans facilities.

"Their facilities are really nice," said Vera-Tucker.  "It was pretty impressive, seeing all the national championships they had, all of the guys in the NFL, the Heisman Trophies.  Everything there looked pretty good."

From a future standpoint, Vera-Tucker said USC had a lot to offer.

"What I want to study is communication and broadcasting and they have a great program for that," said Vera-Tucker.  "My ultimate goal is obviously the NFL, but the academic plan there is great for broadcasting and communication."

This summer, Vera-Tucker will visit WashingtonMichigan and Nebraska.  

He's also been over to nearby California for a couple of spring practices.

With the spring evaluation period starting at the end of the week, Vera-Tucker is bracing for a lot of visitors.

"It was really exciting the first time they came by (last year), so now I'm hoping I'll take it a little more slow and enjoy the process.

He'll be at The Opening Oakland next month.

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