“I pretty much fell in love with the campus right away.”
Mitchell had an inkling, along with some amount of confidence, that he could compete at the next level.
“My junior year, I cleared 6’6” in the very first meet of the season,” he said. “I was really excited about that, so I went on-line to see what heights the colleges were jumping, to see if I could compete at that level.
“I’m pretty sure I can compete.”
A few months after his visit to SFA, located in Nacogdoches, Meek made a trip to the Area trials to watch Jonathan jump. With a second-place finish at the Class 5A, Region I Area trials, Mitchell qualified for the regional meet.
“Soon after the Area meet, [the SFA coach] sent me the scholarship letters,” Mitchell said, “so it was pretty much a done deal at that point.”
Mitchell will pursue a degree in business, likely opting for either management or economics disciplines.
Although Jonathan competed in other events as a member of the Roo T&F squad, he has primarily been honing his high jump craft, and mostly through singular efforts and intends more of the same at SFA.
“I’ve usually worked mostly on my own,” he said, “just trying to get verticle and more athletic.
“I’m not expecting too much of a social life, between all the training and studying I will be doing.”
Amending the statement, the soon-to-be grad indicates his priorities are intact.
“Actually, it will be studying, then training,” he adds, “which is why I’m called a student-athlete.”