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Urban Meyer says regulation in recruiting helps Ohio State

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Meyer keeping an eye on Harbaugh's recruiting stunts (3:30)

ESPN Big Ten reporter Austin Ward breaks down the differing recruiting philosophies when it comes to Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. (3:30)

Even as he thrives in a recruiting culture that continues to move toward deregulation, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer favors reform and a more conservative approach to the process that has again landed him an elite signing class.

"Regulation is good for Ohio State, because we’re not going to do crazy things," Meyer told ESPN.com. "We’re not going to go paint buses, and we’re just not going to do that stuff."

Meyer is set Wednesday to unveil a class that ranks No. 4 nationally and first in the Big Ten. Since his arrival at Ohio State after the 2011 season, the Buckeyes’ recruiting classes have led the league each year and ranked no lower than seventh nationally.

The recruiting game has taken a sensational turn as top programs vie to grab the attention of prospects with unusual tactics. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh led the way, staging a sleepover at a recruit’s home among his tricks.

Others have followed, including Notre Dame, which attempted to impress receiver Demetris Robertson by driving its 18-wheeler equipment truck to his home last week.

"I think substance more than craziness is what is missing in recruiting," Meyer said. "Regulation is very good, and I love the recruiting calendar. I don’t think they should allow contact with juniors in high school. I don’t think you should be allowed to text. I keep hearing these rule changes, and I’m like, 'Why?'

"If I could do anything, I’d make July completely off-limits for [contact with] all recruits. Let them go enjoy their families. Let the coaches go enjoy their families."

Despite Meyer’s calls for reform, recruiting appears headed in another direction.

The 16-member Football Oversight Committee began a two-year study of recruiting issues in 2015. Its results are expected to shape future regulation.

Among the legislation expected to pass this spring is a proposal that would remove the text-message ban from college coaches to recruits. Other proposed changes call for significant additional restrictions to camps and clinics -- a hot issue as off-campus satellite camps have exploded in the past two years.

Nevada coach Brian Polian told ESPN.com last week that the regulation of camps and clinics can be traced to selfish administrators and coaches.

"It’s a small group of powerful people saying, 'This is how it affects us, so we need to change it,'" Polian said, "when the reality is, there’s a much bigger picture."

Meyer, of course, sits among the power players in the sport.

And on another successful signing day at Ohio State, headlined by the Buckeyes' addition of top-ranked defensive end Nick Bosa out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Meyer is just fine with the status quo.

ESPN.com reporter Austin Ward contributed to this report.