Barnegat High School senior tight end Jarrett Darmstatter will attend Boston College on a full scholarship after verbally committing last Sunday.

Darmstatter is ranked as the nation's 16th-best tight end in the class of 2010 by the recruiting Web site Scout.com. Scout ranks him as the best overall prospect in 2010 from southern New Jersey.

Colleges from all over the country recruited Darmstatter. Boston College plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference, one of six conferences with an automatic bid in the Bowl Championship Series.

But Darmstatter said the decision wasn't just about football.

"I wanted to stay on the East Coast, and academics was a big part of the decision," he said Saturday.

Darmstatter's second choice was Purdue. He also considered Rutgers, Central Florida and Syracuse.

"It was a tough one because it was down between Boston and Purdue and they are both great schools," Darmstatter said. "But it came down to where and location, and Boston was easier for me and my family to get there."

Darmstatter had 15 catches for 272 yards entering Saturday's game against Lakewood, despite missing time with an injured elbow. He caught a touchdown pass in the Bengals' 48-6 win over Lakewood, but full statistics were not yet available.

"He worked hard to get to where he's at, and he's a great kid who deserves all the recgonition he's got," Barnegat coach Rob Davis said.

Boston College is 6-3 this season, 3-2 in the ACC.

"I'm very excited and can't wait to get up there in the summer and start working out with the team," Darmstatter said.

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