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Two more East Bay track and field stars sign scholarships

James Logan High’s Jeffrey Prothro Jr. and San Leandro’s Nijae Jones have signed letters-of-intent with Texas A & M and Cal respectively.
In November, Prothro orally committed to UCLA, but he changed his mind and decommitted in early January. He committed to Texas A & M about a week-and-a-half later, he said.
“I’m happy with my decision. I felt like a big weight is off my shoulders. I don’t have to worry about the whole recruiting process anymore, I can just compete and do well in school,” Prothro said.
What impressed Prothro when he visited College Station in early October was “the support around the school,” he said.
“Everybody is very friendly. You know the Southern hospitality thing you hear? I really felt that there,” Prothro said.
Prothro placed fourth in the boys triple jump at the 2012 California Interscholastic Federation state track and field championships. His mark of 48 feet, 10 1/4 inches was ranked 21st in the nation last season. He said that Texas A & M is interested in using the 6-foot-2 Prothro in the triple jump and long jump.
Jones placed sixth in the 2012 CIF state championships in the girls 800 meter final with a great time of 2 minutes, 10.39 seconds. She said Cal is mostly interested in using her in the 800, but she may also compete in the 1,500 and 400 in certain meets.
“I’m so excited, considering Cal is like a dream school,” said Jones about her decision. “It’s like a dream come true.”

Phil Jensen