Wide receiver Rodarius “RaRa” Thomas, who transferred to Georgia from Mississippi State this offseason, was arrested by UGA police on Monday morning on a felony charge of false imprisonment and a misdemeanor charge of family violence (first offense). Thomas was booked in the Athens-Clarke County jail at 4:04 a.m. Monday morning and is listed as still incarcerated as of 7:45 a.m.
Thomas is coming off his sophomore season at Mississippi State and has two years of eligibility remaining. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Eufaula, Alabama native committed to Georgia on Dec. 22 over offers from several other schools, including Alabama, Ole Miss, Auburn and Tennessee. He initially entered the transfer portal on Dec. 2.
Thomas was expected to step up as Georgia’s starting X receiver following the departure of wide receiver AD Mitchell, who entered the transfer portal last week and committed 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 Oct. 1, when he caught 5 passes for a career-high 134 yards — which included a 75-yard touchdown catch — in the Bulldogs’ 42-24 drubbing of Texas A&M.
Georgia actually held Thomas in check when Georgia faced Mississippi State on Nov. 12, as Thomas only had 2 receptions for 23 yards in the road Bulldogs’ 45-19 victory.
Thomas came to Mississippi State as a three-star prospect in the 2021 cycle but played a legitimate role as a true freshman. He made three starts and played in 10 games and ultimately ended 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 Dec. 10. He also visited Auburn and Ole Miss.
Thomas was one of two wide receivers to transfer 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 prior to the Bulldogs’ game against Ohio State in the College Football Playoff semifinals.
“They’re really good people. And then you look at their film and then you see they’re really good players, and so anytime you bring in quality people and quality players, that’s an immediate impact right now to any team that they would be able to join,” McClendon said. “I just feel really, really blessed that they saw themselves having a future here to help us. Like I said, anytime you bring in guys of that caliber both on and off the field, they’re an instant impact anywhere they go. We expect the same here.”
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.