Bailey Raborn, a preferred walk-on punter at LSU and former St. Thomas More standout, was arrested Sunday in Lafayette for suspicion of operating a vehicle while impaired and careless operation of a vehicle.
Raborn, 19, was involved in a car wreck at 8:19 p.m. Sunday, said Cpl. Paul Mouton, public information officer for the Lafayette Police Department. Raborn's car rear-ended another vehicle at the 2600 block of Kaliste Saloom Road in Lafayette, Mouton said.
"When officers made initial contact, they observed signs of intoxication," Mouton said.
Raborn refused a breathalyzer, he said. There were no injuries reported from the crash. Raborn posted $1,000 bond, according to the Lafayette Sheriff's website.
Coach Les Miles is "aware of the situation and is trying to gather information before making any comment," school spokesman Michael Bonnette said Monday.
Raborn, ranked by 247Sports.com as the third-best punter in the 2016 recruiting class, committed to LSU in December. He spurned scholarship offers from a host of schools, including Mississippi State and UCLA. He was previously committed to the Bruins. Raborn did not sign a National Letter of Intent with LSU. He walked on to the program and was set to begin his first preseason camp with the Tigers in August.
Raborn’s arrest comes less than a week after kicker Trent Domingue announced he was leaving the program because his scholarship was not renewed. Domingue was listed as the backup punter to Josh Growden, a redshirt freshman who’s poised to replace Jamie Keehn as the Tigers’ starter.
During his last two seasons at St. Thomas More, Raborn, a first-team All-District 4-4A kicker, booted 72 percent (104-of-144) of his kickoffs for touchbacks. Last year, Raborn averaged 40.8 yards on 25 punts with a long of 63 yards and dropped 13 punts inside the 20-yard line. He was also 55-of-57 on extra points and 5-of-8 on field goals.
Raborn’s brother, Gunnar, is a reserve place-kicker at Alabama.
This is the second time Raborn has been arrested in Lafayette, according to the Lafayette Advertiser. The first arrest came in 2014 on one count of possession with an intent to distribute a Schedule IV narcotic and speeding.