Urban Meyer says recruiting is the lifeblood of an elite program. But it's also becoming a big business. With the proliferation of satellite camps and offseason combines sponsored by subscription recruiting sites and athletic companies, it's understandable impressionable teenagers would think they hold the key to big-time college recruitment.
While some coaches lean on such events, Ohio State's three-time national champion coach is not one of them.
Speaking Tuesday during the second day of Ohio State's two-day camp, Meyer clued prospects into the key to getting recruited by the Buckeyes (and other major programs coached by his friends).
"Be the best player you can on your team, and it will all take care of itself. Quit worrying about camps. Quit worrying about combines... Don't worry about that. Not one time will I ask a seven on seven coach, 'Should I take him?' Never will do that. I will ask the high school coach, especially if it's a big time program and a guy I know, 'Should I take that player? And if he says 'Yes,' then I take him."
Meyer also said parents that don't think their high school coach does a great job with their kid are a major turnoff as well.
Meyer is 50-4 during his tenure in Columbus and currently has the No. 1 recruiting class of 2017, so it'd be hard to take issue with his philosophy.