The Miami football program has offered Mississippi State transfer wide receiver Rodarius “RaRa” Thomas. Thomas had 44 receptions for 626 receiving yards and tied for fourth in the SEC with seven touchdown receptions. Thomas will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after signing with Mississippi State in 2021.
Thomas had 18 receptions for 252 yards and five TDs as a freshman. A three-star signee with Mississippi State in 2021 from Eufaula, Alabama, Thomas was the 755th ranked player, 115th WR and 31st in the Yellowhammer State. The Miami football program lost WRs Romello Brinson and Key’Shawn Smith to the transfer portal.
Thomas is listed as 6’2, 200 pounds on the Mississippi State website. The season highs for Thomas were eight receptions (for 73 yards) versus Alabama, 134 receiving yards (on five catches with a TD) against Texas A&M and (six receptions for 84 yards) two TDs versus Auburn. Miami needs more playmakers at WR.
Colbie Young led Miami WRs 376 yards and five TDs and was second with 33 receptions. Tight end Will Mallory led Miami with 42 receptions and 538 receiving yards. South Carolina was the only other power five program to offer Thomas out of high school. Thomas will likely be one of the most sought after transfer WRs.
Thomas has received multiple other Power Five offers including defending national champion and 2022 college football playoff number one seed Georgia. Inconsistency plagued Thomas this season. Thomas had five games with one or two receptions. Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach critisized his WR’s inconsistencies.
Mississippi State is expected to be active in the transfer portal adding WRs. That could have led to the decision by Thomas to transfer. Miami has also offered Kent State transfer WR Dante Cephas who was All-MAC this season and reportedly Dorian Singer who led the Pac 12 in receiving yards at Arizona.
Expect Miami to add one or two tranfers WRs to the 2023 roster. Miami has commitments for 2023 from four-star WRs Nathaniel Joseph and Robby Washington. The Hurricanes return seven scholarship WRs for 2023. Miami needs more big plays and concistent production at WR in 2023.