However, it could be a while before he makes a decision because Darmstatter said he will "probably'' take an official visit to Rutgers the weekend of Dec. 12. He added Syracuse and Central Florida are also in his top five, but no visits have been talked about with them.
The 6-foot-4, 242-pound Darmstatter is the 16th rated tight end in the nation, and is a position of priority for the Scarlet Knights in the 2010 class.
"I'm kind of exploring the schools, but mostly it's from an academic standpoint,'' Darmstatter said. "I am looking at teaching or something with the sciences. I'm not sure right now.''
Darmstatter was on the Boston College campus for the Eagles' Oct. 3 game against Florida State.
"It was awesome,'' he said. "I liked it a lot. I liked the coaching staff and being around the players and the campus and stuff. Before the game we went and checked everything out, then went to game and afterward went out to eat. Then, I got to see more of the campus.''
One of the reasons Darmstatter has been able o focus on recruiting is he was dealing with an elbow injury. He dislocated his elbow in the second game of the season against Pinelands Regional (Tuckerton, N.J.), but got good news Wednesday when he was cleared for Friday's game against St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.).
"I caught a pass over the middle; a blocker clipped the cornerback and he rolled into my hip,'' Darmstatter said. "I went down and tried to keep my balance with my hand, and a guy flew into my elbow.
"At first I didn't know what I did to it, but the doctor on sideline said it was dislocated. So I had him pop it back in. I heard the noise of it being popped back. It hurt, but I had adrenalin going.''
Barnegat is 1-3 this season. But Darmstatter said even worse than the losing is watching it from the sideline.
"I'm pumped,'' Darmstatter said of his return. "It's been horrible. I hate it. It was 10 times worse than I thought (it would be). Not being able to be out there making plays for the team sucks. It was horrible.''
Darmstatter had two catches for 36 yards before his injury. Defensively, he had 14 tackles, including 1 ½ sacks.
"I've been getting double teamed on both sides of the ball,'' he said. "I like the offensive side, scoring touchdowns, catching the ball and blocking people.''