By Phil Jensen
Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 at 5:11 pm in Uncategorized.
James Logan High’s Jeffrey Prothro Jr. orally committed to UCLA today to compete in track and field.
“I felt that was the best place for me,” he said.
Prothro placed fourth in the boys triple jump at the Califonia Interscholastic Federation state championships with a mark of 48 feet, 10 1/4 inches. That was the sixth-longest mark in the state all season and ranked 21st in the nation.
He has also had an outstanding football season this year for the Colts, quarterbacking them to a North Coast Section Division I semifinal matchup against California on Saturday.
He said that the UCLA football program did not recruit him, and that he considered pursuing a football scholarship to other colleges, “but the (recruiting interest) was kind of quiet.”
Prothro said that he also seriously considered Texas A & M to compete in track and field.
“But it was a little far. I just felt more comfortable at UCLA. It’s close to home, but it’s far enough,” said Prothro, who took official visits to both universities. “I felt very welcomed when I went (to UCLA for an official visit). The coaches and athletes made me feel at home. I could see myself being there…. and being successful.