Niskayuna rising junior Brock Behrman has made a verbal commitment to play lacrosse and further his education at the University of Notre Dame.
The prolific attackman was courted by numerous Division I institutions, but was swayed toward Notre Dame because of all it had to offer.
"Academics was the first thing, and obviously lacrosse," the 16-year-old Behrman said. "It's the best of both worlds. It's the best fit for me."
Behrman had attended a prospect camp at the South Bend, Indiana, school last fall.
"The second I got on the campus, I had this feeling," Behrman said. "It was like, 'Wow, this place is something else.'"
Behrman was pondering the numerous offers he received when he decided on Notre Dame just after midnight Thursday morning, and later that day he called Fighting Irish head coach Kevin Corrigan and also spoke with his lead assistants, Ryan Wellner and Chris Wojcik.
Behrman said he plans to study medicine with the long-term goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.
"It was 1 in the morning," Behrman said. "I woke my parents up and said, 'I am going to Notre Dame.' "
Behrman said he set a goal long ago to someday play lacrosse at a consistent national title contender, and Notre Dame is just that, with 14 straight NCAA tournament appearances and 24 of them going back to 1990. Notre Dame made NCAA Final Four appearances in 2001, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015, and title game showings in 2010 and 2014.
"I have talked to other recruits who committed there, and we want to be a part of something that has never happened," Behrman said. "We want to bring a championship to South Bend."
Behrman said his short list of colleges included several others in the ACC.
"I am ecstatic right now," Behrman said. "After I made the call, I felt the weight come off my shoulders. Notre Dame is the place I want to be."
Although Behrman wasn't able to play his sophomore season due to the closing of schools amid the coronavirus pandemic, the 5-foot-8, 155-pound attackman was able to display his many skills for college recruiters at several showcase events in recent months.
Inside Lacrosse rated him No. 9 on its recently released national top-10 list of college recruits for the Class of 2022.
"One of the most coveted playmakers in the Class of 2022, Behrman's stock skyrocketed this summer," Inside Lacrosse prep writer Ty Xanders wrote on his Twitter account Saturday.
Behrman was among Niskayuna's top offensive figures during his freshman season, when he delivered 38 goals and 53 assists for the Section II Class A champions.
Behrman also plays football, and started at quarterback for Niskayuna during his sophomore year. He is the son of Union College head football coach Jeff Behrman.