MacDowall, a 6'3, 200-pound gunslinger, believes that Wake Forest is a program that he could help take to the next level. "Wake's a program that's right there—so close—and I think that they are on the road to being a big player in the ACC," he noted. "Coach Mullen spent a lot of time talking with me about Wake's offensive scheme. I like the balance of how they use the pass and run. I felt very comfortable there. Wake is definitely a favorite."
Some of MacDowall's comfort may have come from running into an old teammate when he was finishing up his visit as well. As he was leaving, MacDowall ran into former Harrison High School linebacker Jonathan Abbate. "So it was great to see him," MacDowall noted. "I would run scout [quarterback] for defense my freshman year [and he] never held back on me [in high school.] If he hit you – you were guaranteed a big bruise to brag about the next day."
While MacDowall enjoyed his visit to Wake, he has also taken trips to several other schools in recent weeks. In recent weeks he has been to Georgia Tech, Maryland, Wake Forest, and Auburn. He plans to visit Georgia, Ole Miss, and Clemson in the upcoming weeks as well.
At this point, MacDowall's top five include Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Auburn, Clemson, Maryland. Other schools showing interest include Georgia, Georgia Tech, Duke, Arkansas, Texas A & M, Southern Miss, Miss State, Kentucky, Louisville, Florida, Miami, Wisconsin, Oregon, Stanford, Notre Dame, UConn, Boston College, and Oklahoma State.
"All my favorites have great football programs and academics and most important they have great QB coaches," MacDowall noted. "That's real important to me at the next level." He is also looking for a place with great academics as he may go to law school and would also like a school that feels like home.
This summer, MacDowall will attend the Elite 11 quarterback camp, Nike camp, and camps at Wake, Auburn & Ole Miss.