Four-star defensive end, Zavion Hardy, explains his commitment to South Carolina
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Zavion Hardy is South Carolina’s newest commitment, as he committed to the Gamecocks on Sunday. On Saturday, Hardy joined me on zoom for an interview to discuss his commitment to South Carolina and more.
Hardy is a 6-foot-5, 262-pound defensive end from Macon, Georgia. He is ranked as the No. 22 defensive lineman, No. 12 recruit in the state of Georgia, and the No. 155 overall recruit in the country, according to 247sports.
With wins over Auburn and Florida toward the end of the season, and a win over North Carolina in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl to end the season, Coach Shane Beamer looks to be leading South Carolina in the right direction after his first season. Hardy sees that, and also has a good relationship with Coach Beamer, which led him to commit to South Carolina.
“It’s just that bond that me and Coach Beamer have,” Hardy said. “Coach Beamer’s turning the program around, and I want to be a part of it. I want to be one of the best to come through there.”
Coach Beamer has also been recruiting well, as South Carolina is ranked No.16 in the 247sports recruiting class rankings. Because Hardy is still new to the Gamecocks’ class, he doesn’t really know many of the other commits except four-star safety, Jalon Kilgore, who is also from Georgia. “I don’t really know them like that, but the only one I really knew was Jalon Kilgore,” Hardy said.
Hardy held 20 offers throughout his recruitment, and toward the end, his recruitment became a battle between primarily SEC schools. “I was really interested in Florida, it was very close,” Hardy said. “Liberty, I still wanted to go to UGA [University of Georiga] at the time, hometown team…Ole Miss.”
While Hardy now knows where he will be playing his college football, his high school destination for his senior season is yet to be determined. Hardy played at Tattnall Square Academy in Macon, Georgia. “I’m just ready to get back on the field,” Hardy said. After this season, Hardy will be itching even more to get on the field, as he will have the University of South Carolina ahead of him.