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Helton: ‘Ongoing conversations’ with Jay Tufele

Head coach Clay Helton noted that there are current conversations with star DT Jay Tufele and his potential opt-in to the 2020 season

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The USC Trojans are scheduled to be back on the football field in November, but as part of the offseason that was, there is clearing of red tape and decisions to be made from several prominent USC players for this season.

One of those players is star defensive tackle Jay Tufele, who opted out of whatever season that may have been for 2020 back when it was scheduled to take place in January of 2021.

We’ve seen multiple big-name players from the Big Ten decide to opt back in and ultimately receive clearance from the NCAA to return to the field of play, but so far no Pac-12 players have opted back into the season that is scheduled to begin on November 6.

According to Adam Grosbard, USC head coach Clay Helton is not ruling out having Tufele or fellow opt-out Alijah Vera-Tucker on the roster for this fall.

Vera-Tucker also opted out when the season was scheduled for a spring beginning and as such, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibilities to see these two players return.

When we know more from Helton, or know more from the players themselves, we’ll report it here at Conquest Chronicles.