BOULDER — When Cameron Frazier needed a little advice while picking his way through the often confusing landscape along the recruiting trail, he turned to none other than Jesse Crain, one of the more celebrated alums of the Fairview baseball program.
Like most young athletes, Frazier always dreamed of joining a Division I program when the time arrived. However, as Crain pointed out to Frazier, the route through San Jacinto Junior College has worked out well not only for Fairview baseball alums, but for some of Major League baseball’s biggest names of the past 20 years as well.
On Thursday, Frazier officially added his name to the list of former Knights who have called San Jacinto home, signing a letter of intent to join the program during a ceremony in the Fairview library.
Frazier follows in the footsteps of Crain, now a relief pitcher with the Houston Astros, in addition to Jeff Seal and Kevin Russo as former Knights standouts who have found a place with the well-respected San Jacinto program. San Jacinto also has produced such baseball luminaries as former pitchers Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte.
“(Crain) told me that after going to San Jac, he thought it might be the end of his career,” Frazier said. “But then he said it turned out it was the best thing he ever did, baseball-wise. That really was a big deal for me to hear. It’s not Division I, but they’re very good. They feed a ton of Division I schools and get kids drafted every year. It’s what I’ve been looking for.”
Recruited as a shortstop, Frazier hit .303 (20 for 66) for the Knights last year with 20 extra-base hits and 16 RBIs. Frazier, who said Creighton expressed interest as well, also stole 17 bases in 18 attempts in 2013.
While Frazier has always professed baseball as his first love, the senior also developed into a potent receiver for the Class 5A runner-up Knights last fall, catching 71 passes for 963 yards and 13 touchdowns while also emerging as one of the most dangerous kick returners in the state.
That success led Frazier to briefly consider finding a home where he might be able to play both sports, but ultimately his first love won out.
“I was looked at by a couple of Division II’s for football, and when I told them baseball was my thing they offered for me to play both,” Frazier said. “But it’s a lot to do in high school and I figure it wouldn’t be any easier in college. I can live without football, but I have to play baseball.”
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