But after attending Rutgers' game against Louisville, and despite the 40-13 loss the Scarlet Knights suffered, the 6-foot, 200-pound class of 2012 tackling machine knows where Rutgers stands on his list.
"Very high. Rutgers is at the top of my list," Clax said. "It's comfortable there. It's not too far from home. It's major Division I college football. Also, the graduation rate is sky-rocketing. Even the kids coach (Greg) Schiano coaches, after college you know you'll be taken care of when you go into the working world.
Clax's recruitment figures to take off during the offseason, but Rutgers could have a major in.
During Friday's unofficial visit, Clax got a chance to see where e could fit into the program.
"It was pretty positive for me. I got a chance to watch the linebackers and the team. It was fun, I got a chance to see the team and the atmosphere and see what it will be like before I play in the (state championship) this weekend against Middletown South."
Clax has more than 100 tackles, five sacks, an interception and five forced fumbles this season. He also has rushed for 600 yards and six touchdowns.
More impressively, Clax reports a 4.0 GPA and says Princeton and Harvard are showing him interest.
"I bust my (butt)," Clax said. "I'm a straight A student. I get it from my parents. They just raised me a certain way."
So, how is Clax going to balance athletics and academics when he makes his decision?
"That's probably something that needs to get figured out," Clax said. "I want it to have big-time football as well as top-notch schooling. I want to know I can go into whatever I want to if the NFL doesn't work out."
The aforementioned schools are recruiting Clax to play linebacker, but he has a preference for which spot.
"Middle linebacker," he said. "I feel comfortable it he middle. I'm must faster than the average linebacker. I'm a sideline-to-sideline player, and I can plug the holes."