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Four-Star Safety Cuts List To Four Ahead Of Commitment Date

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Four-star safety Lagonza Hayward has cut his list to four schools and has moved up his commitment date to July 27, he shared on X (Twitter) over the weekend. Hayward is deciding between a top group that includes Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Early in June, Hayward announced a early August commitment date along with his top seven before further cutting down his list and moving his commitment date up a week and a half. Alabama, Florida State and Southern California are the three schools that Hayward cut from his list.

Hayward ranks as a four-star recruit and the No. 101 player in the 2025 recruiting cycle according to the 247sports composite rankings. The Lyons native also ranks as the No. 13 player in the state of Georgia and the No. 11 safety in the nation.

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The blue-chip recruit is coming off four summer official visits, seeing Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee in four consecutive weeks in late May and into June. Hayward’s official visit to Tennessee was his third trip to Knoxville in 2024 including unofficial visits in March and in May.

Hayward has visited Tennessee more than any other school and has long been one of the top contenders to land the Peach State safety. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound safety stated that the Vols were his leader back in April.

Tennessee football’s 2025 recruiting class currently contains 16 commitments including from four defensive backs. Three-stars Tyler Redmond, Dylan Lewis and Tre Poteat project as cornerbacks and three-star Sidney Walton projects as a safety.

After landing six commitments in the last three weeks, the Vols’ 2025 recruiting class ranks No. 11 nationally and No. 6 in the SEC according to the 247sports team rankings.

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