The Hurry-Up: Ohio State Quarterback Commit Tavien St. Clair Wins Accuracy Challenge at Nike’s “The Next Ones” Event, 2025 LB Anthony Sacca Puts OSU in Top Five

By Garrick Hodge on February 12, 2024 at 5:30 pm
Tavien St. Clair

Patrick Mahomes wasn’t the only quarterback with an impressive performance in Las Vegas this weekend.

Four-star 2025 Ohio State quarterback commit Tavien St. Clair won the accuracy challenge at Nike’s “The Next Ones” event, a competition held at Bishop Gorman High School Saturday with a handful of the nation’s top-rated prospects participating. 

Other quarterbacks St. Clair beat out in the competition include five-star LSU commit Bryce Underwood, five-star Tennessee commit George MacIntyre, four-star Clemson commit Blake Hebert and three-star Penn State commit Bekkem Kritza.

In his junior season at Bellefontaine, St. Clair completed 70 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,083 yards and 37 touchdowns to just six interceptions. He added 352 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.

A video of St. Clair’s workout on Saturday can be found below, courtesy of 247Sports. 

Anthony Sacca puts Ohio State in his top-five

One of Ohio State’s linebacker targets in the 2025 class is narrowing down his recruitment. Four-star Pennsylvania prospect Anthony Sacca released a top five last week consisting of Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Wisconsin and Duke. 

Sacca, considered the 173rd-best prospect and the 21st-rated linebacker in the 2025 class per 247Sports’ composite rankings, told 247Sports he’s considering visiting Ohio State sometime this spring. Defensive coordinator Jim Knowles stopped by Sacca’s school in January to visit with the highly-touted prospect and reassure him he’s a factor in the Buckeyes’ plans for the 2025 class. 

“Basically, the message was that he wants me to be a part of his defense at Ohio State,” Sacca told 247Sports. 

Sacca will likely make a decision sometime in the summer after he completes his official visits.

Updated 30-day transfer window dates for schools that lost their head coach

The college coaching carousel seemingly hasn’t stopped spinning in the past five weeks, but maybe things will finally slow down now that UCLA named DeShaun Foster its head coach on Monday, leaving all Power Five vacancies filled for now. 

There still could be some transfer portal drama worth monitoring in the upcoming weeks, though this far into the semester, players considering transferring at any school may be best served to wait until the spring window opens in April.

That said, three schools still have transfer portal windows open because of the 30-day window granted courtesy of a coaching change, with Alabama’s officially closing last Saturday and Washington’s last Sunday. 

The final date for players eligible to transfer from each of the three Power Five schools that went through coaching changes within the last 30 days is as follows:

  • Arizona: Tuesday
  • Michigan: Feb. 23
  • UCLA: March 10

OSU continues to impress Ffrench

St. Clair wasn’t the only impressive standout participating at The Next Ones event on Saturday. Five-star OSU cornerback Devin Sanchez participated in the event, along with four-star safety target Trey McNutt. But five-star 2025 wide receiver Jaime Ffrench Jr. was also on hand at the event and continued to speak highly of Ohio State when interviewed by 247Sports.

“Coach Hartline, it speaks for itself,” Ffrench told 247Sports. “The receiver success they have up there. The guys they have up there. The guys that will help you on and off the field. It’s great up there.”

St. Clair has been openly trying to recruit Ffrench to team up with him in Columbus, and other highly touted quarterbacks committed to other schools have also given their pitches to Ffrench. All of it means a lot to the standout wide receiver from Florida.

“It means a lot to hear that from those guys,” Ffrench told 247Sports. “The relationship with those guys, just seeing them here at events and talking on the phone, them staying on me, it means a lot. They’re great guys, great quarterbacks, and the top, elite quarterbacks in the class. Why not consider them? Why not listen to them? It’s always good talking with the boys.”

Ffrench has publicly stated his top two schools at the moment are OSU and Florida State, and with Brian Hartline leading the recruitment, the Buckeyes might be the team to beat for yet another premier high school wide receiver.

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