James Logan High's Jeffrey Prothro Jr. orally committed to UCLA on Wednesday 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 2012 state championships in June with a mark of 48 feet, 101/4 inches. That was the sixth-best mark in the state all season and ranked 21st in the nation.

Prothro has also had an outstanding football season this year for the Colts, quarterbacking them to a North Coast Section Division I semifinal matchup against No. 2 California on Saturday.

Third-seeded James Logan is 11-1 and has averaged more than 44 points per game this season.

Prothro said 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 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."

Girls basketball

Bishop O'Dowd, which had four players sign national letters of intent to NCAA Division I schools last week, opens the season as the No. 1 team in the country, according to MaxPreps.com.

The Dragons feature frontcourt players Oderah Chidom (Duke), K.C. Waters (Cal) and Breanna Brown (Virginia Tech) and guard Ariell Bostick (San Diego State), who signed their letters of intent together in a ceremony at the school on Nov. 14. Chidom, a 6-foot-4 forward was ranked a top-10 recruit by three rating services.

Bishop O'Dowd, the defending Division III state champion, opens its regular season Nov. 29 at home against Oakland Tech.

The Dragons play at Archbishop Mitty-San Jose, the defending Division II state champion, on Dec. 1 and will compete in the top division at the Nike Tournament of Champions from Dec. 19-22 in Phoenix.

-- Staff