Thomas is part of what could be one of the strongest college football defensive back classes ever seen, which also features 5-star cornerbacks Malaki Starks, Jaheim Singletary and Daylen Everette.
Orlando native Mark Starks chose Georgia over scholarship offers from Florida State and Miami University after playing safety alongside newcomer Lewis Cine at STAR’s G-Day game.
Early Life and Education
Jacorey Thomas was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and attended Huntington High School where he participated in both football and track & field teams – receiving second team all-district recognition as a senior. Jacorey is the son of Corey Thomas and Angela Williams and has three brothers and one sister.
Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs announced his commitment for Kirby Smart and his 2022 class, joining an outstanding lineup of defensive backs. According to 247Sports, he is considered a four-star recruit in his class with offers from Florida State, Miami and other Power 5 schools as well.
JaCorey Thomas is an exceptionally versatile player. A natural safety, he can also play slot and provide coverage. Thomas left an impressionful impression with the Bulldogs coaching staff during his official visit in June.
Thomas was previously one of Georgia’s lesser-known 2022 recruits before making his commitment. Once the NCAA dead period expired and Thomas got his spring game film out there, that quickly changed.
As with Starks, Thomas is a dual-sport athlete capable of filling multiple roles within college football. His versatility is invaluable to Georgia staff as an early enrollee will receive an introduction into its culture and traditions.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas is an exceptional all-round talent who can play safety, cornerback or running back roles. With speed to cover deep coverage areas and being an adept tackler he also possesses the capability of returning kickoffs or punts for touchdown returns.
At Lufkin High School in East Texas, he earned all-district honors and went on to win a state title, totaling 67 tackles, six interceptions and 14 pass breakups during his junior season.
He committed to Georgia in 2022 and was rated a four-star recruit by 247Sports. He will join fellow early enrollee Tykee Smith in Georgia’s secondary, offering versatility to Kirby Smart given how thin their depth chart currently is. They can work on perfecting their respective positions throughout spring and summer to hopefully break any bad habits or form any unnecessary ones.
Thomas was an elite recruit last winter, so every moment on the field provided plenty of learning opportunities for him. While coaches and experienced defensive backs like Lewis Cine and Chris Smith provided advice, Thomas ultimately had to do his own work at adapting to a new position.
Thomas was quick to seize the moment, playing safety alongside Malaki Starks at G-Day and contributing to an effective second-team defense. It was an impressive debut to his sophomore season and Thomas believes there is much more in store for him.
He credits his mother with encouraging him to explore all available options before making his commitment, which has proven wise. Playing for Georgia was always his dream and he looks forward to becoming part of its legacy.