The Oregon State Beavers have picked up their recruiting under the leadership of Craig Robinson, and in May of last year one of their major coups was landing Arizona native Jahii Carson. Now Carson has had a change of heart.
As one of the top point guards on the west coast in the 2011 class, Carson attracted a lot of early attention. Schools such as California, Oregon, Oregon State, and UNLV all offered scholarships to him very early in the process, and at one point the No 99 prospect in the country felt that Corvallis would be his future home. Now Carson is having second thoughts according to his AAU coach Chad Groth.
"Yes, Jahii opened up his recruitment," said Groth. "He basically did it to open his recruitment and get more interest out there. Another Arizona kid, Jerryd Bayless did it to get more schools involved in his recruitment. Jahii is doing the same thing."
While Carson de-committed from the Beavers, Groth says that there is still a chance he could end up playing in Corvallis. The Oregon State coaching staff has done a great job of recruiting him, and there is no ill-will on Carson's end.
"I think he could possibly still end up with Oregon State," said Groth. "He is not disappointed at all, David Grace did a great job as did Coach Robinson."
At the moment Carson hasn't heard from any schools, and hasn't given any thought to who he would like to hear from. Instead he will just play it out on the AAU circuit with the Compton Magic and see what opportunities come his way.