McHugh (6-2, 185) impressed Northwestern coaches with a 4.45 40-yard-dash on Tuesday during the Pat Fitzgerald Football Camp. After that, the coaches pulled McHugh aside to see him in one-on-one drills. After attending camp at Indiana, McHugh was battling a sore leg. Even with the issues, he impressed the NU coaches.
Pat Fitzgerald invited McHugh and his family up to the football offices. Fitzgerald offered the standout wide receiver a scholarship. The immediate reaction for McHugh was a feeling of excitement and surprise. In the back of his mind, he had already committed.
"I tried to hide the smile but I couldn't," said new NU commit Mike McHugh. "I laughed because I was kind of shocked. It was my dream school from the start."
Yet once McHugh was offered, he didn't immediately give his verbal commitment, though he was admittedly tempted.
"I wasn't 100% sure if I wanted to commit," said McHugh. We went on a tour and I loved it. After that, we went with the head coach and saw a power point. It was impressive and really blew my mind. (Northwestern) opens up a few opportunities in the future that I probably wouldn't have otherwise had."
After seeing Northwestern's campus and learning more about how the NU football program works, McHugh knew he wanted to be a Wildcat.
"I realized it was something I couldn't possibly pass up," said McHugh. "I took the offer and am not looking back."
McHugh admitted Northwestern was always one of his favorite, and his Tuesday visit brought out a number of selling points. The wide receiver was sold when he learned about how NU provides academic support in their football program.
"They feel they should develop kids off the field and teach them to be successful in life," McHugh said. "I realized this is a school that I need to be at. They're not just looking for me to succeed on the field but off the field as well."
As a junior, McHugh finished with 42 catches for more than 600 yards and nine touchdowns. After the impressive junior season, McHugh picked up interest from a number of Big Ten schools. In the end, Northwestern offered McHugh something he couldn't pass on.
With his commitment to Northwestern, McHugh is excited for the opportunity to attend his dream school.
"It feels great, it's a huge relief," McHugh said. "It just felt amazing to get the offer, commit, and (be able to) go to a school like that."