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ASU recruit's commitment has caveats

Jahii Carson gave Arizona State some great news in August when ESPNU's 10th-ranked point guard decided to verbally commit to his hometown program.

But earlier this week, he told ESPN's Jason Jordan that he's "90 percent committed to ASU" and could be holding off on signing a letter of intent until the spring for a couple intriguing reasons.

For one, he wants other talented recruits to join his ASU recruiting class.

"If not I may want to explore other options," Carson said, adding that he has kept in touch with Pac-10 rivals Arizona and Washington.

And the second factor holding back Carson? He told the Arizona Republic that looking elsewhere "is a possibility" if he doesn't get to wear No. 1 on his jersey.

Carson says he was told upon committing to ASU that he could wear jersey No. 1. It was his grandmother's favorite number, he said, and it holds special meaning.

He said he was disappointed to learn that ASU freshman guard Corey Hawkins is wearing No. 1 this season.

Carson emphasized he has not de-committed from Arizona State as he once did at Oregon State, and the 90 percent chance he'll sign is good and all.

But hearing these kinds of comments have to be at least a bit unsettling for those fully expecting Carson to become a Sun Devil.