One of the premier speedsters in the Nation at the Prep and Collegiate level is Isaiah Brandt-Sims of Wenatchee, Washington. He is among the top handful of 60, 100, and 200 Meter sprinters in the Nation. And all of that press along with his back to back State Championships in the 100 and 200 Meters have labeled him as a premier track athlete.
A kid so fast that he can attend any of the Nation’s premier Track Schools on scholarship if he has a mind to do so. But his abilities on the football field is where he is planning to put that speed to work. This past weekend he landed his 9th major scholarship offer for football. This one came in from Utah.
“I had a hand written letter from the Utah Offensive Coordinator Dennis Erickson and he asked me to call. I tried quite a few times and finally got him. He was direct and said he and Utah were offering me for football,” said Brandt-Sims.
Where would he play for the Utes?
“Coach said at Running back and out of the slot and that I would be perfect in his offense and used in the passing game a lot. He liked my film and my hands as well. So it was a great option where I can get the football and run with it.”
That is where he shines. Harvard has also recently offered him and the Utah offer was his ninth. Other schools in on his recruitment are ASU, Michigan, Mississippi State, CSU, UW, Wyoming, SMU, Idaho, and Yale. Then there is just a whole host of schools like UCLA, LSU, Notre Dame, WSU, and Oregon who are in touch and seem to be close.
We had to ask what had happened with WSU? After all he is basically in the Cougars back yard. Why had Mike Leach and his staff not fought to keep this kid in State? Especially a kid this talent from East of the Cascades?
“That is a good question. I would love an offer from WSU but all I have heard is that they see me as more of a track guy,” said Isaiah who said other schools seem to feel that way.
“That is not an accurate perception. Would I like to pursue track where ever I go? Yes. But football comes first. And it will continue to be that way,” he added.
The Ducks have shown some interest in the 5’11” – 180 lb burner who has already turned in a 10.62 100 Meter on the Season which is the fastest in the NW so far and the weather has not warmed up much yet. He is in the top 20 in the US to date in the 100 Meters and the 200 Meters. There is so much to like about this guy.
“Oregon is a dream school. So is Notre Dame. I would like to hear from both of them more and I hope to visit the Football staff when I am at the Oregon Relays April 20th. We will see where things go. I have a lot of great options right now.”
He was clear. 95% of his time is spent on football recruiting and his phone rings night and day. Track is about 5% on his mind. Many times kids that are this fast get pigeon holed as a “Track Guy” and many times that is true. But this guy is a terrific Football prospect who just happens to be gifted with elite speed.
We expect him to wow fans this season more then ever before as he becomes the center of attention and touches too at Wenatchee. He has been used all over the football field the last 2 seasons and to great success. But he has never been put in the key role of the go to guy, the work horse if you will. That may be changing as we think the horse is about to be let out of the barn as 2013 gets going in the late Summer.
Another good fit might just be UCLA where he recently visited. HE loved the campus and facility and had a chance to meet with Head Coach Jim Mora who is looking over his film soon.
“Coach left a great impression on me. He said he liked what he saw and wanted to watch my film and start thinking about making a decision. Some of the current players talked about me being a good fit at slot too as they need a guy there. That is a great position for me as it allows me to use my speed and my hands. Then the Track Coach wants me and said he and Coach Mora would speak about things. They could be a great fit for sure,” he concluded .
Maxwell Dyce is the star sprinter at UCLA and won a big National meet for the Bruins a week ago in Texas running a 10.47 100 Meter and a 20.77 200 Meter time which was a meet record. Isaiah would be nearly as fast as Dyce now in both events as a High School Junior so that lends some perspective to what the Bruins would be getting.
Coach be clear. This is a top football prospect who is a great sprinter. This is not a case of a kid who is a track guy trying to cross over. Quite the opposite in our view.