WENATCHEE — Wenatchee multi-sport star Isaiah Brandt-Sims had a long list of collegiate suitors, but in the end, Stanford stood above the rest.
Brandt-Sims verbally committed to join the Cardinal’s list of 2014 recruits. He will play football and run track, both sports the rising senior has excelled in during his prep career.
“I really wanted to try and do both and see how far I could get in track,” he said in a phone interview Thursday.
Brandt-Sims made a few visits to the school and was offered an athletic scholarship last week. He met a few players on the current Stanford roster and said he meshed well with them and said he enjoyed his on-campus experience as a whole.
The 17-year-old is the fastest sprinter in the state and arguably one of the fastest in the nation.
His 40-yard dash time is listed at 4.4 seconds, according to Rivals.com, a website that tracks prep athletes, and holds the national indoor high school 60 with a time of 6.7.
Brandt-Sims is a three-time state champion in the 100- and 200-meter and set state records for both events his freshman and sophomore year.
The first-team 4A state running back selection rushed for 1,400 yards, had 317 yards receiving and accounted for 25 touchdowns in 2012. He was named the Big Nine’s Most Valuable Player.
Brandt-Sims said he expects to redshirt his freshman season at Stanford and will likely see action as both a receiver and rusher during his collegiate career, a role he’s comfortable filling.
“My sophomore season at Wenatchee, the first half or so I was a wide receiver,” he said. “I switched to running back (later on), so I feel pretty confident at playing both.”
Stanford was a near perfect fit for Brandt-Sims, given his combination of brain and brawn.
He excelled in the classroom and held a 4.0 GPA during the spring season.
Stanford, known for its high academic standards as well as its strong football program, should give Brandt-Sims the opportunity to excel both on and off the field.
The Cardinal finished the 2012 season 12-1 overall and defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 20-14 in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. Brandt-Sims is the fifth commitment for Stanford for the 2014 class.