Georgia wide receiver RaRa Thomas arrested on false jail time, domestic violence charges

Wide receiver Rodarius “Ra Ra” Thomas, who was transferred to Georgia from the state of Mississippi this offseason, was arrested Monday morning by UGA police on false imprisonment charges and a domestic violence (first offense) charge. Thomas was booked into the Athens-Clarke County Jail at 4:04 a.m. Monday and is listed as still incarcerated as of 7:45 a.m.

Thomas is coming off his sophomore season at Mississippi State with two more years of eligibility. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Eufaula, Alabama, committed to Georgia on Dec. 22 because of offers from several other schools, including Alabama, Ole Miss, Auburn and Tennessee. He initially entered the transfer portal on December 2.

Thomas was expected to act as Georgia’s starting X receiver following the departure of wide receiver AD Mitchell, who entered the transfer portal last week and went to Texas on Friday.

A former standout at Eufaula High School, Thomas maximized his time in Starkville. He was a consistent playmaker at wide receiver for the Bulldogs this fall as he led the team with 626 receiving yards and also had 44 receptions for 7 touchdowns. Thomas’ most productive game of the fall came on October 1, when he caught 5 passes for a career-high 134 yards—including a 75-yard touchdown catch—in the Bulldogs’ 42–24 thrashing of Texas A&M.

Georgia actually contained Thomas when Georgia faced Mississippi State on November 12, as Thomas had just 2 receptions for 23 yards in the Bulldogs 45-19 road victory.

Thomas came to Mississippi State in the 2021 cycle as a three-star candidate, but played a legitimate role as a true freshman. He made three starts and played in 10 games, eventually finishing the year with 18 receptions for 252 yards and 5 touchdowns. His 14.0 yards per reception led the team among receivers who had more than 2 receptions.

Thomas visited Georgia on the weekend of December 10. He also visited Auburn and Ole Miss.

Thomas was one of two wide receivers to move to Georgia this offseason, the other being Missouri wide receiver Dominic Lovett.

Georgia wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon spoke highly of both Thomas and Lovett ahead of the Bulldogs’ game against Ohio State in the College Football Playoff Semifinals.

They are really good people. And then you watch their movie and then you see they’re really good players and so any time you bring in quality people and quality players right now that has an immediate impact on any team that they could join,” said McClendon. . “I feel really, really blessed that they saw they had a future here to help us. Like I said, every time you bring in guys of that calibre, both on and off the field, they immediately make impression wherever they go, and we expect that here too.”

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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