In addition to seeming similar to his high school, the style of play at Northwestern is something that sticks out to McDonagh.
"It feels like a great fit with academics and the program. My high school runs a similar offense, it seems like a really good fit," he said.
McDonagh said he has spoken to Coach McCall several times this summer, and also visited Northwestern for a camp in mid-June.
"McCall said I was probably the best passer in camp," McDonagh said. "He wanted me to work on running ability a little more, but said I have a great arm and they like that a lot. I haven't really talked about an offer yet."
McDonagh's first visit came last fall, when he saw Northwestern play Purdue. Despite the fact that NU lost the game, McDonagh's reaction was extremely positive.
"They have great facilities, the campus is awesome right on Lake Michigan," he said. "The game day atmosphere is really cool, fun to watch game there."
McDonagh does not plan on rushing his recruitment process, however, and will likely wait until during or after the season before making a decision.
"I'm just talking to everybody pretty much. Once the offers come in, then I'll start to figure out what schools are at the top, so I'm just waiting right now. NU definitely up there though," he said.
"I will probably wait to get into the season, send out some film, and see what coaches have to say then."
As a junior, McDonagh completed 59.4 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,465 yards and 23 touchdowns.