With a championship in his pocket, Jazzmar Clax is ready to immerse himself in recruiting.
The linebacker, who has more scholarship offers than he can recall, helped Neptune (N.J.) High win its second straight championship Saturday.
Clax would like to do the same at Maryland, which he has named as the leading school for his services, though he said he's still open to all suitors. He added that distance from home isn't a factor but admitted that the 3 1/2-hour drive from home would be a benefit for family and friends who want to see him play. Clax is also fond of Maryland's 4-3 defensive scheme.
“I've been watching them throughout the year and it's a place I feel like I could take my talents and be a huge asset to the team,” he said.
Behind is Maryland is Minnesota
“Minnesota is No. 2 on my list,” Clax said. “Those guys, that's straight power-I football in the Big Ten.”
Clax said he is also considering Temple and will consider other schools as he further evaluates his options.
“Temple is a big time program,” Clax said. “Last year they sent two guys (to the NFL draft). It's definitely a thing to look at, as far as making that next step in the NFL.”
Yet Maryland seems to hold a significant lead for Clax, who registered 140 tackles, 12 sacks and forced six fumbles this season. Clax will play linebacker in college, but he showcased his running ability this season, gaining 400 yards and six touchdowns in a limited role as a tailback.
Sure, that was fun. But Clax takes pride in being a middle linebacker.
“You've got to be the field general,” Clax said. “You've got to know the ins and out of what you're playing. You've got to have a high football IQ.”