Wenatchee speedster Isaiah Brandt-Sims, one of the fastest sprinters his age in Washington state history, called Stanford football coach David Shaw Wednesday.
"I'm ready to be a Stanford man," he said.
"I've been waiting for this phone call!" Shaw answered in excitement.
The Cardinal's list of 2014 commitments is now five recruits long, and the latest addition is a speedy dual sport athlete whom Shaw envisions stepping into the hybrid role that currently belongs to burner Kelsey Young. Shaw told Brandt-Sims that Stanford has decided to make Young's versatile position within the offense a permanent fixture.
Brandt-Sims brings one of the more remarkable recruiting stories in college football history with him to the Farm. He was born three months premature, weighing only 2 pounds, 6 ounces at delivery. The future track and football star could fit into the palm of grandfather's hand at birth, when doctors did not give him a good chance of survival.
Today, less than two decades later, Brandt-Sims rises nearly six feet off the ground. He weighs in at about 180 pounds. He owns six total Washington 4A state championships in the 100 and 200-meter dashes (he's never lost in those races at the state championship level). He hopes to finish a complete eight-for-eight sweep during his senior season, something that -- to his family's knowledge -- has never been done in Washington state history.
Brandt-Sims' remarkable speed (see highlights) has translated well to the football field, as evidenced by his 1400 rushing yards, 25 touchdowns, and 21 receptions during the 2012 season. He's already familiar with at least one fleet-footed member of the Cardinal roster: As a freshman in 2011, Brandt-Sims defeated Stanford wide receiver Michael Rector (then a high school junior) in the 100-meter dash. The pair of future Stanford commits finished 1-2 in the event at the Washington state championship meet.
Stanford is loading up in the offensive and defensive backfields during this recruiting cycle. Maryland cornerback Alameen Murphy also committed to Shaw's program on Wednesday, while Denver area running back Christian McCaffrey and bruising Orange County fullback Daniel Marx have both also announced their intentions to attend the Farm. The Cardinal's first 2014 verbal pledge came from Texas safety Brandon Simmons.
Brandt-Sims' 6.64 60-meter sprint this year broke the old indoor national high school record at the time, and his 4.5 laser-timed 40-yard dash had begun to garner serious interest from the entire Pac-12. Many recruiting analysts have written that Brandt-Sims could finish with over 20 offers by the time this recruiting cycle is finished, but his Stanford commitment may slow down that potential deluge of interest. It appears that Brandt-Sims is an excellent fit for the Farm because of the solid academic resume that complements his athletic prowess: The speedster recently complemented his 3.9 GPA with a 4.0 performance, and he's working hard to register an SAT score that will be airtight in the face of Stanford's rigorous admissions process.
"The coaching staff has told me that I'm on the right track," he said.
Brandt-Sims is interested in the engineering fields, and he was particularly intrigued by a Stanford course that his co-regional recruiters Randy Hart and Tavita Pritchard told him about during a campus visit this past Monday.
"It's a class where you learn about jet engines," he said. "At the end, you build an actual miniature jet engine."
Brandt-Sims also plans to run track in college for the Stanford squad, and he said that Shaw has assured him that the football team will be sure to accommodate his multi-sport efforts. In the meantime, he'll work to attain his goal of rushing for 2,000 yards during his senior season at Wenatchee High School.
"It's so exciting that I now know where I'm going to go," Brandt-Sims said. "I'm relieved that the process is over. Now, I just have to wait until signing day."
David Lombardi is the Stanford Insider for The Bootleg. Check him out at www.davidlombardisports.com and follow him on Twitter @DavidMLombardi.
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