BGA quarterback has change of heart on final weekend of recruiting

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 6:41pm

C.J. Beathard has had a change of heart and will become a Hawkeye.

On Monday, Battle Ground Academy all-state quarterback decided he would sign with Iowa. He had committed to Ole Miss last fall and initially maintained that commitment after coach Houston Nutt was fired.

Wednesday is the first day of the 2012 national signing period, a week during which athletes formally can submit national letters-of-intent.

"C.J. officially committed to Iowa (Monday),'' BGA Coach Roc Batten said. "He had a great visit there over the weekend and just fell in love with Iowa City and everything about the school.

"He was really excited about it, and he felt like there was a real opportunity for him there. He felt like he was a good fit there, and that he would have a chance play a big part of their offense. He had a great visit with the Iowa coaches.''

As late as last week, Beathard had re-affirmed his decision to attend Ole Miss prior to the Iowa visit. New Rebel Coach Hugh Freeze and his staff worked hard to try to keep him in the fold.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Beathard passed for 2,146 and 20 touchdowns his senior year and 2,406 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. He helped the Wildcats reach the playoffs both seasons and they advanced to the state semifinals in 2010.

Beathard will be one of five BGA players to sign at the school at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Also signing for the Wildcats are linebacker Blake Thomson (Yale), split end/defensive back Jordan Smith (Tennessee Tech), tackle Matt Martin (Tennessee Tech) and split end Cory Amos (Campbellsville, Ky.)

Briefly

• Goodpasture quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who had more than 3,000 total yards last season, said Tuesday he would not reveal his college choice until the ceremony 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the school library.

He had narrowed his choices to Navy, Air Force and Wofford.