Urban Meyer spoke in practical terms to introduce Ohio State's football camp to more than 600 high school players at the Les Wexner Football Complex on June 13.
First impressions, the Buckeyes' head coach explained, mean everything.
"If I see crap on the floor and see kids disrespect the facility, if I see a weight room in disarray, I'm not recruiting you," Meyer said. "We don't want you here. It takes two years to get that trash out of the facility. We want people that own it. Is there great pride in your program? Do you get there early and leave late? If you own your program and own your name, you're probably going to have a hell of a day here."
For prep athletes who dream of playing at the college level, June and July are among the best times to get exposure from coaches.
Ohio State offered three one-day camps in June, with the others being held June 9 and 17.
While other Ohio colleges such as Akron, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Miami, Otterbein, Toledo and Youngstown State also held camps in June, many of those schools sent members of their coaching staffs to Ohio State's camps as well.
About 70 colleges overall were in attendance June 13, according to Ohio State officials.
Among the players participating June 13 was Luke Crabtree, a senior linebacker for Dublin Coffman who has scholarship offers from Colorado State, Butler and Morehead State.
Senior linebacker Griffin Hoak and senior offensive lineman Kaleb Holcomb also were among the eight Coffman players in attendance that day.
"Every now and again, I pop over (to Ohio State's camp)," said Coffman coach Mark Crabtree, Luke's father. "Luke, my son, is here, so I'm here as a parent, too. We've got seven other players here. I think the biggest benefits are the exposure, and that kids get an opportunity to show what they've got to colleges. Some of them are not necessarily Division I (recruits). There are also Division II and III schools here. They also get a chance to compete against other kids."
Some of central Ohio's top players from last season, including Pickerington North senior quarterback Jimmy Weirick, Gahanna junior wide receiver Jerome Buckner and Gahanna junior quarterback Michael Lowery, were among those who attended one of Ohio State's camps.
On June 13, after a short weather delay in the morning, the players were broken up by position. Some players were moved inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center for position workouts.
"I see a lot of faces I know," said Buckner, who transferred to Gahanna after spending his first two prep seasons at Columbus Academy and has three Football Bowl Subdivision offers. "Our quarterback, Mike Lowery, is here inside, so I'm blessed. It's great to see this competition."
Mark Philmore, who helped Reynoldsburg make its first Division I playoff appearance as a senior wide receiver in 2001, was among the coaches in attendance June 13.
A Northwestern graduate, Philmore was representing Dayton, where he'll be a wide receivers coach this fall.
"I came (to Ohio State) last summer (when I was an assistant coach at West Virginia Wesleyan) and I didn't get any guys, but I offered some scholarships," Philmore said. "You do spring recruiting and then get a chance to see guys here. I think you just want to see guys compete. You want to see if they have a dropped pass or a missed block (if) they (can) come back from that. If they're at quarterback, are they going to be a guy that sits back?"
College camps also provide an opportunity for athletes who are looking to improve at their respective positions to get extra offseason training.
Isaiah Murphy, a Walnut Ridge junior who started at quarterback last season when the Scots went 6-4, was among those looking for repetitions, according to Scots coach Byron Mattox.
Others, such as seniors Kevon Guice (QB, Eastmoor Academy), Jaden Penn (WR, Dublin Scioto) and Adam Primm (WR, Olentangy), juniors Isaiah O'Connor (LB, Pickerington Central) and Zach Stevenson (OL, Olentangy Orange), sophomore Chris Scott (WR, Pickerington North) and freshman Zach Lammers (RB, Licking Heights), were looking to improve their skills in addition to getting noticed by colleges.
"I just get here early and talk to kids," said John McCallister, who runs a scouting and evaluating service for colleges called the McCallister Scouting Report. "Talking to them is important. (Their 40-yard) times tell me if they're fast or slow, but it's mostly about watching kids. In the one-on-ones, you can find out certain things, but the other thing is that you've just got to see the kids' intangibles. You get diamonds in the rough sometimes. (Ohio State) is the one (camp) I suggest that kids go to."