C.J. Beathard knew early on in the recruiting process that Mississippi was the program for him. With that feeling, he committed to the Rebels in April.
As happens often in college football, sometimes the best laid plans fail to work out. The school fired Houston Nutt and his staff, and Beathard's situation became unsettled.
This past weekend, Beathard officially visited Iowa. It appeared that the Hawkeyes made a big impression on the 2012 quarterback.
"I committed to Iowa," Beathard said via text late Monday afternoon.
"We came back from (Iowa) feeling like we had known these (coaches) for as long as we've been alive," said Casey Beathard, C.J.'s father. "The kid has a dream, maybe it's a pipe dream, to play in the NFL. It's looks like Iowa would be the best place to try to make that happen."
The Beathards listened to the coaching staffs at Iowa and Ole Miss one more time Monday afternoon, Casey Beathard said.
"(They were) trying to keep him," Casey said of the Ole Miss coaches.
Casey said that C.J. told him that he felt better about the Iowa coaches.
"The new coaches (at Mississippi) have told him they wanted him from when they got there, but it always felt like they were doing the honorable thing instead of actually making him feel wanted," Casey said. "He wanted to be committed to Ole Miss but hasn't felt like that commitment was mutual. He really likes the staff at Iowa.
"It wasn't a comparison with how he was treated by the coaching staffs."
Casey said that C.J. really connected with the Iowa coaches on his trip.
"Coach (Ken) O'Keefe kind of came out of nowhere and C.J. fell in love with the Iowa staff," Casey said. "Coach McNutt was set to transfer to a pro-style offense and he wanted C.J. to run it. Now, the new staff (at Ole Miss) is transferring to zone read, no-huddle, spread.
"C.J. is talented and can move, but he's a pocket passer. Everybody we turn to for advice keeps pointing us towards Iowa. He's (going to Iowa) because of the opportunity to be taught by Coach O'Keefe and Coach (Kirk) Ferentz and the chance to learn from (James) Vandenberg (Iowa's returning starter at the position)."