Class of 2012 Jersey LB Has Rutgers On Top

Freehold Boro High plays in the state championship this coming weekend at Rutgers Stadium, so middle linebacker Jazzmar Clax did a little lay-of-the-land scouting when he took an unofficial visit to Rutgers last week. Clax spoke to about his trip, where the Scarlet Knights fit in, and also gave an update on the vast number of schools recruiting him.

Freehold Boro (N.J.) High middle linebacker Jazzmar Clax is getting interest from more than a dozen or schools, running the gamut from his home state school, to the west coast, to the Ivy League.

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.

"Having a Rutgers degree is top notch, just like having a Northwestern and Stanford degree, you can excel in academics as well as athletics."

Clax's recruitment figures to take off during the offseason, but Rutgers could have a major in.

Clax grew up in Neptune, N.J., and played pee wee football with Rutgers commit Charles Davis of Neptune High, and is close with Rutgers four-star target Miles Shuler of Long Branch (N.J.) High.

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."

In addition to the Ivies and Rutgers, Clax is getting interest from Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Georgia, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Duke, Indiana, Boston College, Illinois, UCLA and Stanford.

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."

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