Clax Ready For Another Rutgers Visit

Freehold (N.J.) Boro High's Jazzmar Clax will be one of New Jersey's most actively recruited linebackers in the 2012 class. He has been to Rutgers several times, and will be making another appearance next month when the Scarlet Knights host their annual Junior Day. Clax spoke to about his recruitment.

Freehold (N.J.) Boro High linebacker Jazzmar Clax already stood on the Rutgers Stadium turf, sledgehammer in hand, and celebrated the Central Jersey Group 3 championship with a win over Middletown (N.J.) South.

There is a long way to go in the recruitment of the 6-foot, 200-pound class of 2012 standout, but he certainly is getting his fill of the Scarlet Knights program.

He attended games last season and has spoken to the staff, and now will be on campus Jan. 15.

"I'll go up to Junior Day and get the experience and see more of what Rutgers is all about," Clax said. "Right now, the only (junior day) I have planned is Rutgers, but when I get back from break, I'm sure there will be more."

Clax already knows plenty about Rutgers, and will be hearing much more since he is friends with recent Rutgers commit Miles Shuler of Long Branch (N.J.) High. Clax is one of a number of close-knit Jersey Shore players.

"It makes it look even better," Clax said of Shuler's commitment. "I'll have people that I've known, that I've grown up with, that I trust, guys that I work out with, and I'd be playing with guys that I know at the next level."

Clax made more than 140 tackles as a junior, and was a big part of Freehold Boro's state title win. He also rushed for more than 650 yards and seven touchdowns, including a 39-yard score in the title game.

"It's fun (playing running back) because I'm a big kid, so it's hard for most people to tackle me," Clax said. "It does come natural to me because I played there in Pop Warner."

However, there is no mistaking his future position. Schools are recruiting Clax to play linebacker, and so far plenty are making contact with him.

Clax said he holds a verbal offer from Rutgers and is receiving interest from Boston College, Indiana, Northwestern, TCU and West Virginia.

"All the mail and stuff means nothing until you get offers," Clax said. "Any kid that is all right can get those letters. You can't let any of that get to your head."

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