Cameron Cauley is headed to the big time.

After being recruited by a number of NCAA Division I programs, the Barbers Hill junior middle infielder and sometimes pitcher, decided he would head to Lubbock and Texas Tech University beginning in 2021 as a member of the Red Raiders baseball team.

He made his announcement last week and now will await fall 2020 signing period to make it official. Cauley has been recruited to play second base and shortstop.

“I got to Lubbock and it felt like home,” Cauley said. “I love the coaches and Texas Tech is known as a powerhouse in baseball. I want to go out there and compete and just win.

“Before I went there, I didn’t know much about Lubbock, but when I showed up there, I loved it. There aren’t any pro teams around, so their pro team is Texas Tech. Their fan base is really good and everybody just loves football, baseball and support the college really well.”

Cauley’s father, Chris, played for Texas Christian and was involved in the Chicago White Sox organization so he has been immersed in baseball since he began school.

“I think I’ve known I was going to be a baseball player,” Cauley said. “I just have to show up and believe in myself and work hard. I know my teammates will have my back when I get there.”

Barbers Hill head coach David Denny believes that a player with options across the area that including multiple Division I possibilities that Cauley couldn’t go bad with any of his decisions.

“There are no wrong decisions with the choices he had: There is no wrong place to go,” Barbers Hill baseball coach David Denny. “It’s just where you felt like you fit the best. I am going to support him in any decision he makes. He wants to be a Red Raider and I am for it.”

Texas Tech has made regular trips to the NCAA World Series in recent years, finishing among the top four at last season’s tournament.

That’s where a player like Cauley can fit right in.

“He was the offensive player of the year as a freshman and sophomore, he plays good defense and he has a high, baseball IQ,” Denny said. “He’s a very good infielder and hitter. He’s a gym rat basically. He’s out there all the time. He’s the kind of kid that as the playoffs go along, he gets better.

“He takes people with him and he leads by example. He makes people around him better.”

Cauley, who has followed and enjoyed Tech baseball, said he dreamed of playing there and was ecstatic they came calling.

Even his Horned Frog father was good to go on his son’s choice.

“He was really proud of me,” Cauley said. “I think he knows how good Tech’s baseball program is, so he is really excited for me. He may still wear a purple jersey, but he’s still happy for me.”

Cauley is not sure yet of what he would study at Tech, but she might consider a degree in sports management.

“If that doesn’t work out, I’ll be a coach at a college or something,” Cauley said.

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