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A late offer has Fairview baseball star Cameron Frazier set to join the Oklahoma Sooners
A late offer has Fairview baseball star Cameron Frazier set to join the Oklahoma Sooners

The way Cameron Frazier figures it, he was going to pass Norman, Oklahoma on his way to Texas in a few weeks anyway. A recent turn of events has dramatically shortened Frazier’s upcoming commute.

The two-sport star and recent graduate of Fairview had been in the midst of making his arrangements for joining the program at San Jacinto Junior College when the University of Oklahoma came calling. After experiencing an unexpected defection from the Sooners’ roster, the Oklahoma coaching staff made Frazier an offer he couldn’t refuse.

After playing his final game with his Fairview teammates in the Legion A state semifinals on Saturday, Frazier will officially become a Sooner in about two weeks.

“They came to a few of our practices over the summer but they also said they had a few other kids they were going to look at,” Frazier said. “It was a tough decision, but I had no doubts about it. A program like Oklahoma, you can’t pass that up.”

Frazier hit .410 over the past two seasons, including a .500 mark this past spring while helping to lead the Knights to the Front Range League championship. In addition to providing steady, often spectacular defense at shortstop, Frazier’s ledger this past spring also included 13 doubles, three triples, four home runs, and 12 stolen bases in 12 attempts.

Oklahoma assistant Mike Anderson, formerly the head coach at Nebraska, visited Colorado to take in one of Fairview’s summer league games, but the game Anderson hoped to watch ultimately was cancelled. Instead, Anderson visited an intense Fairview practice so he could observe a few of the talents in the Knights’ class of 2014. Anderson came away believing Frazier, a natural shortstop, could fill a big need for the Sooners in the middle of the infield.

“We did some defensive drills that day and Cam really had a great practice,” Fairview coach Rick Harig said. “I knew (Anderson) was also looking at some junior college guys, but he said to me, ‘Why would we get a two-year guy when we can get a four-year guy?’

“This is a whole new level. Their athletics, what they offer in terms of academic assistance, their training staff, facilities…it‘s a dream come true for a kid to get something like this.”

Frazier has admitted that landing at a prominent four-year school had always been one of his options after his planned stint at San Jacinto — a roundly respected program that has produced such major league talents as pitchers Andy Pettitte, Roger Clemens, and former Fairview star Jesse Crain. Frazier was more than eager to join one of the premier junior college programs in the nation, but the offer from Oklahoma proved far too enticing.

“They were very gracious and understanding with how everything happened,” Frazier said of his conversation with the San Jacinto coaches. “They understand that this happens in junior college and they wished me the best.”

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