An Ohio State football recruit in the 2025 class is now a five-star prospect

A recruit whom the Ohio State football team offered a scholarship when he was a three-star recruit is now a five-star prospect.
Recruit Tavien St. Clair watches Ohio State warm up before playing Penn State Oct. 21, 2023 at Ohio
Recruit Tavien St. Clair watches Ohio State warm up before playing Penn State Oct. 21, 2023 at Ohio / Lori Schmidt / Columbus Dispatch / USA

The Ohio State football program is what they are because of how well they recruit. Year after year, they are able to get the best recruits in the country to come to Columbus. As they sit now, they have the second-best recruiting class in the country for the 2025 class.

One of those recruits is a homegrown talent. Quarterback Tavien St. Clair has been committed to the Buckeyes since last summer. He's out of Bellefontaine High School, which doesn't exactly play the highest level of competition. Yet, he's shown how good he is regardless.

When the Buckeyes first offered him, St. Clair was just a three-star prospect. He was that when he committed too. Some thought that Ryan Day might try to go after another quarterback so he had two commits in the 2025 class. They'd have St. Clair and someone else who was better.

Instead, Day has stuck with St. Clair as his guy. Less than 12 months later, St. Clair is now a five-star prospect. His ascent has been remarkable. He's a really good player who led his team to the regional finals this past season. Had they won that game, they would have played for a state championship.

St. Clair will come into a crowded quarterback room when he does join the Ohio State football team. There could be four other quarterbacks in the room still when he gets there. I tend to think some will transfer out, but that's a lot of competition for a freshmen coming in.

It's a good problem to have for Day and the rest of his staff. I'm sure they'd much rather have too many quarterbacks to sift through than too few, which is the issue they had in 2023. Good recruiting is going to make sure that doesn't happen again.


I'm excited to see what kind of player St. Clair is able to develop into. Ohio State hasn't had a homegrown starter at quarterback since Cardale Jones was briefly a starter in the 2015 season.