A trip to South Bend, Indiana, last weekend only confirmed to Loyola senior Najee Taylor that he made the right decision to commit to University of Notre Dame.

On Wednesday, Taylor officially became part of the Fighting Irish’s Class of 2023. He will play for Kevin Corrigan, who coached Loyola head coach Rob Snyder when he played for Notre Dame from 1990-94.

“It’s a family,” Taylor said. “The guys are great, and I love [head] coach [Kevin] Corrigan. It’s also close to home, which I like. It’s going to be a great place for me.”

The Irish won the ACC title last year and qualified for NCAA tournament for the 13th year in a row.

Taylor’s been a major contributor for the Ramblers since his sophomore season. Last year, he scored 29 goals to go with 26 assists to help the Ramblers capture the state championship. Loyola beat New Trier 7-2 to finish 22-3.

“He’s an athlete,” Snyder said. “They love him because he can get to the cage. He’s gotten stronger and faster.”

Growing up in Maryland, Taylor, who lives in Des Plaines, picked up lacrosse when he was 4 years old.

“I love the fast pace,” he said. “I also love that it’s a sport that continues to gain popularity. I want to help make a name for it.”

Four other boys lacrosse players participated in Wednesday’s signing ceremony at Loyola. Mick Burden (Richmond), Nolan Chow (Wesleyan), Timothy Hackett (Bryant) and Cooper Prawdzik (Harvard) will play at the next level.

But first, Taylor said the seniors want to go out on top.

“We are super excited for the spring,” he said. “We’ve been working hard, and we are ready to get out there and repeat as state champs.”

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