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Isaiah Brandt-Sims plans to get 'bigger'

9/13/2012

For Isaiah Brandt-Sims, speed isn’t an issue.

The 5-foot-11, 172-pound running back (Wenatchee, Wash./Wenatchee) has won back-to-back Class 4A state championships in the 100 and 200 meters.

The junior also puts up the kind of numbers that bring out Division I coaches, scoring seven touchdowns through two games.

There is no doubting his talent and athleticism. However, in order to build on his offer from Wyoming, Brandt-Sims is working to fill out his frame.

“I need to get a little bigger,” Brandt-Sims said.

He is drawing Pac-12 interest from UCLA, Oregon State, Washington and Stanford, but coaches have told him he needs to be closer to 190 pounds, so he works in the weight room every morning.

“I need to work on gaining weight, staying in the weight room,” he said. “I’m taking lifting class first thing in the morning. I didn’t have that last year. I’m not going to be playing a winter sport. I will just be lifting and working out all through the winter.”

When asked if there is one school he wants to add an offer from, he said Stanford, but the 2014 prospect is keeping his options open.

“I really like Stanford, but that doesn’t have to be my No. 1 choice,” he said. “If I can’t go there, I would love to go somewhere like Oregon or Notre Dame. I like Washington a lot. I would say they’re in my top five.”

After rushing for 100 yards and three touchdowns in a Week 1 loss, Brandt-Sims piled up 145 yards and four touchdowns in the Panthers’ second game of the season, a 49-28 victory over Yakima (Wash.) Davis.

“I think our season is going pretty well,” he said. “We had a rough first game, but we turned it around in the second game and beat Davis pretty good.”