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Finding a certified, experienced locksmith is no easy task. Sure, dozens of companies out there will dispatch an indifferent “technician” that offers “quick” solutions when you lose your keys. But when it comes to protecting your home and your business, cheap locks and part-time contractors just won’t cut it. Arrowhead Lock & Safe stands out as the most trusted name in security solutions and products in Georgia in an industry known for poor service and mediocre locksmiths.

Established in 1973, Arrowhead Lock & Safe is a locally owned locksmith and control access firm. Having protected homeowners and business professionals in metro Powder Springs for decades, we have built our reputation on exemplary service and the highest quality security products available. Unlike other locksmith companies, we carry all of the major brands that you know and trust to protect your family and your business, including:

  • Medeco
  • Arrow
  • Schlage
  • Keymark
  • Kwikset
  • Mul-T-Lock,
  • Sargent
  • Baldwin

As a comprehensive locksmith repair center and dealer, we also own an on-site lock shop to serve our clients better. That way, we can assist with your day-to-day needs like re-keying, cutting keys, and repairing locks. So whether you’re looking for a brand-new security platform for your business or simply need a new set of keys for your storage unit, we are here to help. Our goal is to exceed your expectations with every service we offer.

Here are just a few reasons why customers choose Arrowhead Lock & Safe:

  • Our residential and commercial locksmiths in Powder Springs are bonded, licensed, insured, and ready to work hard.
  • Every professional locksmith is vetted via interviews and background checks.
  • We offer a wide range of locksmith services, from simple fixes to multi-step security system installations.
  • We carry a huge stock of premium, name-brand security hardware.
  • Our prices are affordable, and our quotes are 100% free of charge.
  • We aim to go the extra mile for ALL of our customers. It’s just the way we do business!

Residential Locksmith Services: Keeping Your Home and Family Safe

Though home appraisers may disagree, the value of your home isn’t defined by the four walls and roofs that cover a property. The real value of your home lies within those walls where your family eats, sleeps, and plays. When it comes to the safety of your family and the security of your valuables, having quality locks installed on your home is paramount. When your home has lackluster locks and minimal protection, the things that you hold closest to your heart are at risk.

That is why having a dependable residential locksmith in Powder Springs is so important – to ensure that your home is protected and that your family is safe from intruders. When you have problems with the locks on your home, you need a solution quickly. When you call Arrowhead Lock & Safe, know that our locksmiths will work efficiently and tirelessly until your home is secure. Whether your home’s locks need to be repaired or you need to consult with us about an integrated security system, our skilled locksmiths are available when you need them the most.

We offer a variety of residential locksmith services to preserve your peace of mind seven days a week, 365 days a year:

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Re-Keying Services

Does your home have a complicated lock setup that requires you to use different keys for different doors? Perhaps a former babysitter still has a key to your home. Whatever your reasons, our team of seasoned locksmiths will come to your home, re-key your locks in an efficient manner, and leave you feeling more secure in your house.

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New Lock Installation

Your home is only as safe as the locks that you have on your doors. As your locks age or when you are the victim of a security threat, you may feel that it’s time to install new locks on the doors of your home. This can be long, laborious, and complicated for the average homeowner. For that reason, many clients trust Arrowhead Lock & Safe to handle the hard work for them. When you arrange for new lock installation, one of our experienced residential locksmiths will come to your home and install new locks on your doors. Once we’re done, we’ll make sure your family has enough keys to open your new locks.

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High-Security Lock Installation

If you are a homeowner who has experienced a break-in or want to take additional steps to secure your assets, high-security locks are a great solution. We offer a wide variety of locks from a plethora of major brands. We are fully equipped to meet your needs, whether you’re interested in more traditional lock systems with high key differs or pry resistant lock technology.

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Access Control System Installation:

If you feel like you need an extra layer security and want to make sure that only certain individuals have access to your home, an access control system is a great solution to your problem. Whether you are interested in electronic or magnetic locks or have been looking to install a password-protected system, our team of experts can help. Contact our office today for a free consultation to learn more about your access control system options in Georgia.

Commercial Locksmith Services: Protecting Your Customers and Your Business

If you are a business owner in Georgia, you have the weighty responsibility of protecting your patrons and securing your businesses’ assets. The most common way for entrepreneurs to keep their business safe is by having a commercial locksmith in Powder Springs install quality, reliable locks on every entry point of your storefront. But, unfortunately, many business owners take the least amount of effort necessary when it comes to protecting their business.

Whether you own several franchise locations or have a single storefront, it only takes one break-in to make you realize the importance of installing high-quality locks for your commercial property. Sadly, at that point, it’s too late – your ability to provide for your family and pay your bills has been compromised. For that reason alone, it’s always better to be proactive about your businesses’ security rather than reactive.

At Arrowhead Lock & Safe, our commercial door lock services are designed to ensure that your assets and your customers are protecting 24-hours a day, seven days a week. We will always take the time to walk you through your options, explaining the pros and cons of each security solution so that you can make an informed decision. With a wide range of security offerings and a reliable team of commercial locksmith experts on your side, choosing the right security setup is easy, efficient, and affordable.

Here are just a few of the commercial services we offer, all set up and installed by a certified, highly-trained commercial locksmith in Powder Springs:

Commercial Door Locks

Installing high-quality door locks for your business is one of the best ways to protect your assets and your commercial property. At Arrowhead Lock & Safe, we offer many commercial door lock options from the best brands in our industry. From reliable maintenance service on your current Grade 3 locks to new Grade 1 commercial door lock installation, our team of commercial locksmiths is ready to help.

Commercial Door Lock Repair

If your businesses’ locks are old and need proper maintenance or corrective repair services, it’s always best to work with a team of experts. From re-keying services to fixing stuck or broken locks, our commercial locksmiths are only a phone call away.

Alarm Systems

Commercial alarms for businesses are more complex than their residential relatives, and for a good reason. Our cutting-edge alarm systems are great for preventing and interrupting break-ins, notifying the authorities, and act as an important addition to any business that wants enhanced security.

Security Cameras

A commercial-grade CCTV system installed by Arrowhead Lock & Safe allows you to monitor all activities that take place under your businesses’ roof. Having security cameras installed around your business gives you added peace of mind and evidence for the police if a break-in occurs. Having visible security cameras can also help deter criminals and prevent suspicious activity from ever taking place. With remote monitoring capability on your smart device, you can check in on your storefront any time of the night or day, from just about any location.

Access Control Systems

Having the ability to control every one of your businesses’ locks is a proactive, cost-efficient way to protect your customers and your assets. With a commercial-grade control access system from Arrowhead Lock & Safe, business owners can easily restrict certain areas within their store, prevent physical key duplication, record entry history, and even simplify employee turnover.

Commercial Door Installation

Entryways can be especially vulnerable, but Arrowhead Lock and Safe know how to select and install the best doors for your business. When you add remote control access features, business owners can open other structures like motorized fences, large parking gates, and even barriers.

ANSI Door Lock Grades Explained

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) grading system was developed years ago to standardize a testing procedure to measure the durability and strength of a door lock. This grading system applies to both residential and commercial door locks. Composed of three different grades, the ANSI grading system gives homeowners and business owners a good idea of lock quality and reliability. ANSI examines six different qualities to determine a lock’s grade:

  • Strength Cycles – How many uses a lock can withstand before a replacement lock is needed)
  • Operational – This refers to a door’s ability to latch when it is closed
  • Security – The effectiveness of the lock’s security
  • Material – What kind of material is the lock made of?
  • Finish – Satin, nickel-plated, bronze, etc.

Grade 1 Locks

These locks offer the highest level of security and are most often used by institutions like hospitals, schools, and even museums. These locks also have the highest life expectancy, though they can be much more complex and require an expert residential or commercial locksmith in cityname to install. In today’s day and age, many more homeowners are opting for Grade 1 locks (like electronic locks) for the most peace of mind. This classification of lock must hold up against 800,000 cycles, six door strikes and a 360-pound weight test.

Grade 2 Locks

These locks are great for residential areas with more foot traffic, like a door that leads to an apartment complex or suite of rooms. These locks can also suffice for small businesses that need a higher level of security than Grade 3 locks. Use these locks when you want to secure access to areas with valuable equipment or sensitive documents. This classification of lock requires 400,000 cycles, four door strikes, and a 250-pound weight test.

Grade 3 Locks

This grade of lock is best suited for residential purposes and is considered standard door hardware. This kind of lock is the least expensive and should never be used in a high-traffic area like a lobby or storefront. However, these locks would be suitable for areas without much foot traffic like storage closets or areas without expensive merchandise. Because these locks are easiest to bypass, consider upgrading your Grade 3 locks with anti-bump and anti-pick technology. This classification of lock requires 200,000 lock cycles, two door strikes, and a 150-pound weight test.

Protect Your Home or Business Today

A famous animator and movie director once said: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” This quote rings especially true when it comes to protecting your home or business with the best security solutions in Georgia. If you’re worried about the safety of your family or the wealth that you have worked so hard to create, contact our office today at 404-351-4331 for a free consultation. When you trust Arrowhead Lock & Safe, you can rest easy knowing your most precious belongings are safe and secure.

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2021 Concacaf Gold Cup USA vs Jamaica - Preview, Schedule, TV Channels, Start Time

Teams Meet in Gold Cup Knockout Round for Fourth-Consecutive Time on Sunday; Kickoff from AT&T Stadium in Dallas is Set for 10 p.m. ET on FS1, Univision, and TUDN CHICAGO (July 24, 2021)— After finishing in first place in Group B and being one of two teams to complete the group phase with three wins, the young USMNT squad enters the quarterfinal round staring down a familiar opponent in Jamaica, currently the third-highest ranked team in Concacaf. The meeting in Dallas marks the fourth-consecutive Gold Cup in which the teams...

Teams Meet in Gold Cup Knockout Round for Fourth-Consecutive Time on Sunday; Kickoff from AT&T Stadium in Dallas is Set for 10 p.m. ET on FS1, Univision, and TUDN

CHICAGO (July 24, 2021)— After finishing in first place in Group B and being one of two teams to complete the group phase with three wins, the young USMNT squad enters the quarterfinal round staring down a familiar opponent in Jamaica, currently the third-highest ranked team in Concacaf. The meeting in Dallas marks the fourth-consecutive Gold Cup in which the teams have met in the knockout phase.

Kickoff at AT&T Stadium is set for 10 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on FS1, Univision and TUDN. Fans can follow the USMNT during the tournament on Twitter (@USMNT), Instagram (@USMNT), Facebook and the official U.S. Soccer App.

2021 GOLD CUP – USMNT ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB; CAPS/GOALS)

GOALKEEPERS (3): 22-Brad Guzan (Atlanta United; 64/0), 18-Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 9/0), 1-Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 4/0)

DEFENDERS (8): 21-George Bello (Atlanta United; 2/0), 2-Reggie Cannon (Boavista/POR; 19/1), 24-Henry Kessler (New England Revolution; 0/0)*, 20-Shaq Moore (Tenerife/ESP; 8/1), 4-Donovan Pines (D.C. United; 2/0), 12-Miles Robinson (Atlanta United; 6/2), 16-James Sands (New York City FC; 3/0), 3-Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; 5/1)

MIDFIELDERS (6): 23-Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 34/2), 6-Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City; 3/0), 17-Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 26/7), 10-Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 22/0), 19-Eryk Williamson (Portland Timbers; 2/0), 14-Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 15/0)

FORWARDS: (6): 7-Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 36/8), 11-Daryl Dike (Orlando City; 6/3), 8-Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen/FRA; 5/3), 13-Matthew Hoppe (Schalke/GER; 1/0), 15-Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; 8/2), 9-Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 59/13)

*Pending Concacaf approval

ROSTER REPLACEMENT

A request to add New England Revolution defender Henry Kessler to the USMNT roster was submitted to Concacaf on Saturday afternoon. Should the confederation grant the request, Kessler will be added to the USMNT roster for the knockout round, replacing Walker Zimmerman. The Nashville SC defender, who had captained the team in the second and third matches of the group stage, was ruled out with a hamstring strain incurred in the first quarter hour of the USA’s 1-0 win against Canada.

Per the amended tournament regulations, teams can replace injured players up to 24 hours prior to the quarterfinal. The replacement must come from the 60-player provisional roster.

Kessler, 23, was a part of the U-23 USMNT roster for Olympic Qualifying earlier this year.

USA SCHEDULE – 2021 GOLD CUP

Date

Opponent

Venue

Time (ET)/Result

TV Info

Sunday, July 11

Haiti

Children’s Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kan.

W 1-0

FS1, Univision, TUDN

Thursday, July 15

Martinique

Children’s Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kan.

W 6-1

FS1, UniMás, TUDN

GROUP WINNERS – BY THE NUMBERS

With nine points and two shutouts, the USMNT ran out winners of Group B with an unblemished record that included:

· The best goal differential (+7) of any team in the tournament

· The youngest lineup ever fielded by the USMNT in an official competition (23 years, 84 days vs. Martinique)

· A total of 12 players who made their first appearance in an official competition

· Five players who earned their first international caps (Busio, Hoppe, Pines, Sands, Williamson)

· Four players who posted first career assists (Busio, Hoppe, Roldan, Williamson)

· A total of 21 of 23 rostered players used

HIGHLIGHTS: SHAQ MOORE’S RECORD-BREAKING GOAL LIFTS USMNT TO 1-0 SHUTOUT AGAINST CANADA

SHAQ ATTACK

With performances that epitomized the idiom Carpe Diem, USMNT defender Shaq Moore has been one of the revelations of the tournament. Returning to the national team fold for the first time since November 2018, the Powder Springs, Ga., native started all three matches – having learned of his inclusion against Haiti only hours before – and twice earned U.S. Soccer Insider’s Man of the Match honors. Moore also wrote his name in the history books, scoring the fastest goal in Gold Cup history when he netted the game-winner just 20 seconds into the 1-0 shutout against Canada.

NICE TO MEET YOU (AGAIN)

Sunday’s quarterfinal marks the fourth-straight Concacaf Gold Cup where the USA will meet Jamaica in the Knockout Round. In 2015, the Reggae Boyz pulled off a 2-1 semifinal upset of the USA at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to advance to their first Gold Cup Final. Two years later, they returned to the championship match but fell 2-1 as the USMNT raised its sixth confederation championship trophy on July 26, 2017 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

In the 2019 edition, muggy conditions and an 88-minute weather delay in the middle of the first half, the U.S. Men's National Team battled past Jamaica 3-1 before 28,473 rain-soaked fans at Nissan Stadium. Christian Pulisic earned Man of the Match honors with a pair of second half goals, piggybacking on Weston McKennie's opener to advance the USA to a tournament-record 11th Concacaf Gold Cup Final.

The teams also met earlier this year for a friendly in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Sebastian Lletget scored twice and a stunner from Sergiño Dest led the USMNT to a convincing 4-1 victory.

Following Sunday’s encounter, the teams are next slated to meet in the USMNT’s second home match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign. U.S. Soccer selected Austin as the host of USA-Jamaica, with kickoff on Oct. 7 at Q2 Stadium for the first qualifier in the state of Texas set for 6:30 p.m. CT (7:30 p.m. ET).

@ JERRY’S WORLD

This will be the USMNT’s third go ‘round at AT&T Stadium, with all their visits coming during the Gold Cup. Both previous appearances proved auspicious, ending in victories and leading to championships. In 2013, a total of 84,410 fans witnessed in the 3-1 win against Honduras in the semifinal. A pair of goals from Landon Donovan paced the U.S. to victory, who went on to win the tournament by defeating Panama in the final in Chicago. Four years later, second-half goals in the span of 10 minutes from Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey helped the USA defeat Costa Rica 2-0 in the 2017 Semifinal. Dempsey’s 82nd minute strike was the 57th of his international career, tying him with Landon Donovan for the most all-time by a USMNT player. This time the team headed to Santa Clara, where it defeated Jamaica to capture the Gold Cup crown.

WHAT IS THE CONCACAF GOLD CUP?

Held every two years, the Gold Cup is the regional championship for Concacaf, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football. Just like in the European Championships and Copa America, lifting the trophy brings prestige and regional supremacy. Over the course of 15 previous Gold Cup tournaments, the United States has lifted the trophy six times (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2017), just behind all-time leaders Mexico with eight (1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2019). Canada is the only other tournament champion, coming away with the title in 2000.

The top two teams in each of the four groups advance to the quarterfinals (July 24-25 in Arlington, Texas and Glendale, Ariz.). The semifinals are scheduled for July 29 in Austin and Houston, before the championship match on Aug. 1 in Las Vegas.


USA TOURNAMENT NOTES

USA ROSTER NOTES

USMNT AT THE GOLD CUP

USA-JAMAICA NOTES

· Since first meeting in 1988, the teams have faced each other 28 times with the USMNT holding a 17-3-8 overall advantage and a 5-1-0 edge in Gold Cup play

· Three players on the current USMNT roster appeared in the 4-1 win earlier this year, with Kellyn Acosta and Sebastian Lleget earning starts while Nico Gioacchini came off the bench and assisted Lletget’s second goal

· Four players on the current USMNT roster appeared in the 3-1 victory in the 2019 Gold Cup Semifinal, with Paul Arriola and Reggie Cannon getting the starts while Cristian Roldan and Gyasi Zardes coming on to help seal the win

JAMAICA ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (3): Dillon Barnes (Queens Park Rangers), Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union), Dennis Taylor (Humble Lion)

DEFENDERS (8): Amari'i Bell (Luton Town), Oniel Fisher (LA Galaxy), Michael Hector (Fulham), Damion Lowe (Al-Ittihad), Kemar Lawrence (Toronto FC), Adrian Mariappa (Bristol City), Liam Moore (Reading), Alvas Powell (Philadelphia Union)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Daniel Johnson (Preston North End), Tyreek Magee (Eupen), Ravel Morrison (Unattached), Blair Turgott (Östersund), Lamar Walker (Miami FC), Devon Williams (Miami FC)

FORWARDS (6): Leon Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen), Cory Burke (Philadelphia Union), Bobby Decordova-Reid (Fulham), Junior Flemmings (Birmingham Legion), Andre Gray (Watford), Shamar Nicholson (Charleroi)

HOW THEY GOT HERE

The Reggae Boyz reached the quarterfinals as the second-place finisher in Group C behind Costa Rica, collecting a 2-1-0 record. Playing their matches in Orlando, Jamaica opened with a 2-0 shutout win against Suriname with first half goals from Shamar Nicholson and Bobby Reid. In the middle match, they surrendered a fourth-minute goal to Guadeloupe and then rebounded with two of their own, including the game-winner in the 87th minute from Junior Flemmings. Despite the group title being on the line, Jamaica chose to rest several starters for the finale against Costa Rica. A Bryan Ruiz goal proved the difference, with the Reggae Boyz on a man advantage for the final 16 minutes in their 1-0 defeat.

IN FOCUS: JAMAICA

Smart commends Beamer’s work ethic

Before Shane Beamer puts his South Carolina team on the field against Kirby Smart’s Georgia team on September 18, the head coach of the Bulldogs provided his former assistant coach a compliment. At SEC Media Days on Tuesday, Smart was asked what he remembers most about Beamer as an assistant coach from 2016-17. “...

Before Shane Beamer puts his South Carolina team on the field against Kirby Smart’s Georgia team on September 18, the head coach of the Bulldogs provided his former assistant coach a compliment.

At SEC Media Days on Tuesday, Smart was asked what he remembers most about Beamer as an assistant coach from 2016-17.

“The preparation he puts into special teams, tight ends play, whatever he's in charge of, he spends a lot of time and takes a lot of pride in the performance,” Smart said.

“That's what successful people do. They take a lot of pride in their performance. They want it to be right. I like to think it's a demanding place that we work at, and he did a tremendous job meeting those demands.”

Before Beamer was named the head coach at South Carolina and worked at Oklahoma for three seasons, he spent two seasons working for Smart in Athens.

He was UGA’s tight ends coach and special teams coordinator following five years spent coaching with his father, Frank Beamer, at Virginia Tech. In Beamer’s second season at Georgia, the Bulldogs finished second in the nation, falling to Alabama in overtime of the College Football Playoff national championship game.

Beamer has publicly thanked Smart for hiring him to join his staff as a first-time head coach back in 2016. On Monday at SEC Media Days Beamer recounted being beside Smart in his first season as a head coach and the lessons he learned.

The Gamecocks and Bulldogs will square off in Sanford Stadium in Athens on the third Saturday of the season. It’s slated to be a 7 p.m. kickoff on ESPN. This will be the first meeting in Athens since the Gamecocks upset then-No. 3 Georgia on their home field in double overtime. Former Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp is now a defensive analyst on Smart’s staff. Georgia beat South Carolina 45-16 in Columbia last season, two weeks after Muschamp was fired in mid-November.

As they normally do each year, the South Carolina and Georgia football staffs are recruiting the same region for top prospects. The Gamecocks and Bulldogs are in a heated battle for the pledge of four-star tight end Oscar Delp (Cumming, Ga./West Forsyth), who has both schools as well as Clemson, Florida, and Michigan in his final group. The Gamecocks flipped Georgia native and Bulldogs commit Donovan Westmoreland (Griffin, Ga./Griffin) back in early May. Five-star quarterback Gunner Stockton (Tiger, Ga./Rabun County) chose South Carolina over Georgia back in August of 2020, but decommitted in mid-January and committed to the Bulldogs in late January. Recent Gamecocks commit, three-star safety Emory Floyd (Powder Springs, Ga./Hillgrove), has the Bulldogs in his final group before committing.

Nelson Jr. headlines list of recent Carolina secondary additions

South Carolina has hauled in a major commitment from four-star cornerback Keenan Nelson Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep). He committed to the Gamecocks on Sunday, July 11, but waited until Tuesday to make his pledge public. The nation’s No. 138 overall prospect and No. 16 cornerback becomes the sixth true defensive back prospect to commit to the Gamecocks in the 2022 recruiting cycle; excluding ...

South Carolina has hauled in a major commitment from four-star cornerback Keenan Nelson Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep). He committed to the Gamecocks on Sunday, July 11, but waited until Tuesday to make his pledge public.

The nation’s No. 138 overall prospect and No. 16 cornerback becomes the sixth true defensive back prospect to commit to the Gamecocks in the 2022 recruiting cycle; excluding Nick Emmanwori (Irmo, S.C./Irmo) who is ranked as a safety, but will likely play linebacker at South Carolina.

Nelson, listed at 6-1 and 200 pounds, chose the Gamecocks over in-state power Penn State. He holds 19 other offers, with Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech also listed as “warm” contenders. A All-American Bowl participant this coming winter, Nelson is a prospect 247Sports’ Brian Dohn believes is a future second or third round NFL Draft pick.

Nelson’s 0.9453 247Sports Composite rating makes him the highest rated prospect in South Carolina’s current 16-man commit list. Adding him to Carolina’s group pushes head coach Shane Beamer’s program from No. 19 to No. 15 on the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings.

Nelson is the latest defensive back (regardless of age/experience) to commit to South Carolina and the 11th since January. Below are the 10 other commitments.

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S Emory Floyd – Committed on July 3, 2021
Class of 2022
Powder Springs, Ga. (Hillgrove)
Star status/Rating: 3-star/0.8864

The Gamecocks set off some fireworks a day early, landing Floyd over contending offers from Auburn, Florida and Georgia.

Like many other defensive backs who have committed this cycle, Floyd was an official visitor in June. By the time he left, he’d declared South Carolina was in his final group.

S Anthony Rose – Committed on June 27, 2021
Class of 2022
Miami, Fla. (Miami Central)
Star status/Rating: 3-star/0.8850

Rose committed to South Carolina in February, decommitted in May and was back in the fold with the program a month later.

He unofficially visited and camped with the Gamecocks in early June and returned in late June for an official visit. Before leaving town he re-committed.

The 6-4 defensive back is back in the fold, re-joining to the Gamecocks over offers from other SEC teams LSU, Mississippi State, and Tennessee.

CB Karon Prunty – Committed on June 26, 2021
Class of 2021 (scholarship will count towards 2022 class)
Portsmouth, Va. (I.C. Norcom/Kansas)

The 247Sports Freshman All-American defensive back, who is considered the sixth-best cornerback transfers this offseason, was a 247Sports Freshman All-American in 2020 at Kanas. He chose the Gamecocks over SEC East foe Tennessee.

In nine starts last year, Prunty held opponents to just a 38.5 percent completion percentage when thrown against him, ranking seventh in all of college football, while not allowing a single touchdown all season. He also broke up 10 passes, tied for the most among freshmen nationally and tied for sixth among all players, regardless of experience.

S Peyton Williams – Committed on June 21, 2021
Class of 2022
Rockwall, Tex. (Rockwall-Heath)
Star status/Rating: 3-star/0.8527

The Gamecocks went out to the Lonestar State for their third safety commitment. Williams unofficially visited the Gamecocks over the third weekend in June and committed the following Monday. He was offered by in April.

In an interview with TheBigSpur, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect said he wanted to find a place he “fit into” and “feels like home.” Apparently, he reached that conclusion, after wrapping up a trip to Columbia on Sunday.

S JyVonte McClendon – Committed on June 13, 2021
Class of 2022
Lakeland, Fla. (Lake Gibson)
Star status/Rating: 3-star/0.8739

McClendon joined the fold just last week following his official visit to Columbia. Currently considered the nation's No. 35 safety prospect by the 247Sports Composite.

The 6-2, 180-pound prospect was offered by the previous Gamecocks staff last October and has been a big target for the current Gamecocks staff, notably defensive backs coach Torrian Gray, who previously coached in McClendon's home state of Florida. McClendon's offer sheet number as of the day of his commitment is 14. Joining the Gamecocks are Arkansas, Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, FIU, Georgia Tech, Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.

S Kajuan Banks Committed on May 15, 2021
Class of 2022
Tallahassee, Fla. (Amos P. Godby)
Star status/Rating: 3-star/0.8577

Banks is considered the nation’s No. 47 safety by the 247Sports Composite. The 5-10, 170-pound prospect was offered by the Gamecocks back in January and holds 18 other offers as of his commitment. Other notable power five programs to extend an offer are Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and West Virginia

S Tyrese Ross– Committed on April 30, 2021
Class of 2021 (scholarship will count towards 2022 class)
Atlanta, Ga. (Washington State)
Star status/Rating: N/A

With continual need in the secondary, the Gamecocks inherited Ross from the transfer portal after spring camp.

Over the course of Ross' three-year career at Washington State, he had 35 tackles, including one for loss and a forced one fumble. The most productive season for the Cougars was in 2019, when he had 33 tackles over 13 games. Out of high school Ross was a three-star recruit who played at Westlake High School in Atlanta. He was ranked as a safety and that is where the Gamecocks are targeting him to play for them.

CB La'Dareyen Craig – Committed on Feb. 3, 2021
Class of 2021
Signed – Feb. 3, 2021
Enrolled – May 25, 2021
Mobile, Ala. (Baker)
Star status/Rating: 3-star/0.8477

The Gamecocks received a nice signing day bonus by beating out Mississippi State for the Alabama high school corner. Craig is in the 6-foot-2 range, adding nice size to a 2021 secondary that is looking for new impact players. He pledged and signed on Feb. 3, but is not arriving on campus until this summer.

“At the defensive back position you better be able to match up and have size and physicality at the defensive back position,” Beamer said on Craig on National Signing Day.” Hollywood brings that to the table at 6-foot-2. His best football is in front of him and he has a magnetic personality. He’ll be able to help us from a defensive standpoint and all of these guys as well on special teams.”

CB Carlins Platel – Committed on Feb. 17, 2021
Class of 2021
Everett, Mass. (Assumption College)
Star status/Rating: N/A

One of two transfer corners to commit to the program over the winter, the Gamecocks went all the way up to Massachusetts to get Platel. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder also fielded offers from Mississippi State, Coastal Carolina and Old Dominion.

Platel is set to graduate from Assumption in May. Over three seasons with the Greyhounds, he had 96 tackles, seven interceptions and 30 pass breakups.

“My goal is to end up going to the NFL,” Platel said of his commitment to Carolina. “I think these guys can put me in the best position to succeed, not only in their defense, but in the NFL too.”

COMMENTS

DB David Spaulding – Committed on Jan. 7, 2021
Class of 2021
Hinesville, Ga. (Georgia Southern)
Star status/Rating: 3-star/0.8200 (transfer)

Spaulding quickly exited the transfer portal by way of Georgia Southern to come to South Carolina, where he rejoins his former high school teammate and Gamecocks star running back Kevin Harris. Spaulding was used in multiple spots over the spring. He’s listed at 6-1 and 190 pounds on the Gamecocks roster.

SATURDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Scattered storms continue through weekend

The weekend is shaping up to follow the same weather pattern Atlanta has seen all week, with plenty of heat, humidity and scattered storms in store. Saturday should start out relatively dry before storms begin to pop up around the metro area, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz said. “If you’ve got outdoor plans this weekend, earlier is better for staying dry,” Nitz said. “By 2 p.m., isolated showers and storms will be on and off and kind of scattered through the afternoon and evening.”...

The weekend is shaping up to follow the same weather pattern Atlanta has seen all week, with plenty of heat, humidity and scattered storms in store.

Saturday should start out relatively dry before storms begin to pop up around the metro area, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz said.

“If you’ve got outdoor plans this weekend, earlier is better for staying dry,” Nitz said. “By 2 p.m., isolated showers and storms will be on and off and kind of scattered through the afternoon and evening.”

Saturday’s high temperature should top out around 88 degrees in the metro area. If you’re looking for relief from the heat, it will be nearly 10 degrees cooler in the North Georgia mountains, Nitz said.

While there’s a 40% chance of rain in Atlanta Saturday, the chance increases to 60% Sunday as more moisture moves into the area. That additional moisture will lead to a wet start to the workweek, with an 80% chance of rain on Monday.

Along with the weather, roadwork and sporting events are likely to have an impact on traffic this weekend. Atlanta United will draw fans downtown as they face off against the New England Revolution at 5:20 p.m. Saturday. In southeastern Cobb County, the Atlanta Braves will host the Tampa Bay Rays at Truist Park Saturday evening at 7 p.m.

Lots of roadwork is scheduled to take place around metro Atlanta over the weekend. In Cobb, expect overnight flagging on Highway 92 for a widening project between Cobb Parkway and Glade Road, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. Another widening project on Powder Springs Road will stretch between Cobb and Paulding counties from New Macland Road to Marietta Parkway.

Also in Cobb and stretching into Fulton County, watch out for backups on I-75 as work crews perform bridge maintenance between West Paces Ferry Road and Mt. Paran Road.

In Clayton County, lanes will be closed on I-675 North as GDOT crews replace an overhead sign. Throughout the weekend in Clayton, there will be lane closures on I-75 North around the junction with I-285. The entrance ramp to I-75 from Forrest Parkway also remains closed through August.

In Fulton, there will be overnight lane closures on I-85 in both directions for restriping between Senoia Road and I-285. As usual, there will be lane closures and changes to the traffic pattern around the junction of I-285 and Ga. 400 as the Transform 285/400 project continues.

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Auburn Football Recruiting: 2023 Top 247 Composite Targets

Things are starting to pickup on the trail for the 2022 class. The Tigers added three commitments last week and two of their top targets are set to make their decisions in the coming weeks. A number of other top targets, such as 3-star WR Jay Fair and 3-star OL Drew Bobo, appear to be closing in on decisions as well. However, regardless of the recent run, Auburn’s 2022 class is unlikely to reach the ranking Auburn fans have become accustomed to in recent years. Barring a surprising surge in the fall, I don’t see Auburn cra...

Things are starting to pickup on the trail for the 2022 class. The Tigers added three commitments last week and two of their top targets are set to make their decisions in the coming weeks. A number of other top targets, such as 3-star WR Jay Fair and 3-star OL Drew Bobo, appear to be closing in on decisions as well.

However, regardless of the recent run, Auburn’s 2022 class is unlikely to reach the ranking Auburn fans have become accustomed to in recent years. Barring a surprising surge in the fall, I don’t see Auburn cracking the top 10 and I think even top 15 will be a reach due to a smaller number of commits and the lack of top 100 players.

But that should not be a surprise given today’s recruiting world. The early signing period has pushed the recruiting cycle earlier meaning Harsin was behind for the 2022 class when he was hired. Lack of in person visits and evaluations due to COVID restrictions hampered his ability to make an early impact even further. Add in the fact that the transfer portal now exists and a staff can easily find 5-6 impact players from there each cycle, it’s easy to see why Auburn fans should keep their expectations tempered for 2022.

Those excuses end though for 2023. That will be the cycle where this staff can honestly be graded on their ability to recruit. They won’t be behind relationship wise and will have already had a product on the field they can sell. Auburn should and must sign a top 10 class next cycle.

As such, I’ll be keeping as close an eye on that class as I do the 2022 one. Last week, ESPN released its first rankings for the 2023 class. This is actually a pretty crucial ranking as they don’t tend to make dramatic changes to their rankings over the cycle so where kids are ranked there now is likely the area they will be come signing day. That release impacts the 247 Composite which is the ranking system I use due to it including the rankings of all 3 of the major sites.

So here’s a look at where Auburn’s top targets in the 2023 class now stand in the 247 Composite

This list only encapsulates known Auburn targets ranked in the top 247 on 247 Composite. It’s still early in the cycle and many new names will emerge while names on this list will likely fall away but I wanted to give a big picture of the work being done early by this staff in 2023. While the visitor lists weren’t always that flashy in June for 2022, Auburn did a really good job getting elite 2023 prospects on campus and beginning to build those relationships.

The 2023 class will be a pivotal one for Bryan Harsin and his staff. Given the amount of elite instate talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball, along with Harsin having a full year under his belt, this needs to be the class he proves he’s capable of recruiting with the best of the SEC. It’s a LONG ways to December 2023 but the Tigers are off to a good start.

War Eagle!

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