Nothing signals the approaching Buckeye football season quite like camp check-in day.
As part of a time-honored (and admittedly weird) tradition, the Buckeyes were greeted by a full paparazzi-like media contingent as they officially checked into their team hotel on Sunday evening for the start of fall camp.
And as usual, the players made the most of it with their arrivals.
Highlights included a pet turtle, an extremely patriotic outfit, a guitar, some player-owned apparel, a rather sophisticated suit, and a cowboy hat.
Here's a look at the spectacle.
Paris Johnson Jr. was the first to check-in, and he arrived in style rocking a glorious retro NASCAR tee.
The famous hotel check-in day has begun. Heres Ohio State offensive lineman Paris Johnson Jr. pic.twitter.com/rBmAssFowl— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 8, 2021
But his outfit was quickly overshadowed by freshman walk-on offensive lineman Toby Wilson, how showed up wearing a patriotic sleeveless onesie with a hood – undoubtedly the best outfit of the day.
A very patriotic outfit from freshman offensive lineman Toby Wilson. pic.twitter.com/Hx9hc0PdcQ— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 8, 2021
As good as Wilson's outfit was, though, it was far from the classiest. That honor goes to Nicholas Petit-Frere.
Nicholas Petit-Frere arrives in style. pic.twitter.com/XFU3grxRzO— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 8, 2021
And a few Buckeyes showed up sporting shirts from Above the Realm, a Teradja Mitchell's new clothing line.
Javontae Jean-Baptiste and Teradja Mitchell wearing shirts from Above the Realm, Mitchells clothing line. pic.twitter.com/Exz8qb5rgd— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 8, 2021
Craig Young supporting Teradja Mitchells apparel line, too. pic.twitter.com/KOfQaLAsF6— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 8, 2021
And then there was new Buckeye punter Jesse Mirko, who repped his homeland with his wardrobe choice.
Jesse Mirco representing his home country with an Australia basketball jersey. pic.twitter.com/dv1pLtC1Nr— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 8, 2021
Another walk-on who chose to arrive in style was defensive back Cameron Kittle, who showed up for camp rocking a Willie Nelson shirt and a spectacular cowboy hat.
Walk-on defensive back Cameron Kittle wearing a cowboy hat for camp hotel check-in. pic.twitter.com/lZOkcd7EzA— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 8, 2021
For some Buckeyes, though, it wasn't what they wore, but what they brought.
Harry Miller gave us extremely summer camp vibes, showing up for camp with his guitar.
Harry Miller brought his guitar with him to the team hotel. pic.twitter.com/SsSZcqk2s9— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 8, 2021
And Dawand Jones arrived with his pet turtle.
Dawand Jones and his turtle. pic.twitter.com/xdIJnRMLGd— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 8, 2021
A little later – presumably once he made his turtle comfortable inside the hotel – he grabbed his disposable camera and joined the media contingent outside.
Dawand Jones has joined the media contingent at hotel check-in day. pic.twitter.com/Fwi4726QhV— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 8, 2021
And Master Teague III earned the biggest applause of the evening, arriving at camp check-in a day after officially becoming a graduate of The Ohio State University.
New Ohio State graduate Master Teague received a round of applause as he arrived at the team hotel. pic.twitter.com/mbuaqa2OGo— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 8, 2021
Ohio State now officially begins its preparation for the start of the season, which kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 2 with a road showdown with Minnesota.