Pair of big-time South Carolina football targets are ready to announce commitments

South Carolina football targets Lagonza Hayward (4-star safety) and Jeff Overton (3-star running back) announced decision dates of July 27th and June 28th, respectively.
South Carolina football target Lagonza Hayward marking a tackle for his Toombs County High School team
South Carolina football target Lagonza Hayward marking a tackle for his Toombs County High School team / Katie Goodale / USA TODAY NETWORK

South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer and his staff have 16 players committed in the class of 2025, and 10 of those new Gamecocks announced their pledges to the program in the month of June.

Players making their announcements before their senior season has become a popular thing to do as it reduces a player's stress during their final year of high school. There are a number of Gamecock targets who already have set commitment dates for this summer, and late on Monday night and early on Tuesday morning, two more joined them.

4-star safety prospect Lagonza Hayward (Toombs County High School, Georgia) and 3-star running back Jeff Overton (Hayfield Secondary School, Virginia) revealed that they were ready to make their decisions public.

For Hayward, July 27th will be the day. He cut his list of schools to 4 a couple of weeks ago and has since said he has a "main three" fighting for the top spot in his recruitment. The South Carolina Gamecocks, Tennessee Volunteers, and Florida Gators are believed to be the top schools for him at this point, but the home-state Georgia Bulldogs are involved. According to Hayward, he is shutting down his recruitment until his announcement next month. He had previously set another decision date, but July 27th seems to be the one as he has mentioned in on two occasions.

Overton made two announcements with his social media post. In addition to setting a commitment date of June 28th (that's this Friday), Overton also officially revealed his top-4 schools. As expected, the South Carolina Gamecocks, Virginia Tech Hokies, Maryland Terrapins, and Virginia Cavaliers are the teams vying for his services. The Gamecocks felt great about their chances to land Overton after offering him a scholarship in May, but the local schools have pushed hard to keep him home.

You can watch some of Hayward's film here.

You can watch some of Overton's film here.

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