Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Brandt-Sims flashes speed at indoor meet
By Mason Kelley
As soon as the 2012 football season ended, Isaiah Brandt-Sims (Wenatchee, Wash./Wenatchee) went to work on his speed.
The 5-foot-11, 172-pound running back tested his talent on the track over the weekend, competing in the 60 meters at the Brooks PR Invitational at Washington’s Dempsey Indoor.
Competing against some of the nation’s top high school sprinters, Brandt-Sims finished third, posting a time of 6.64 seconds. To get a sense for how fast Brandt-Sims was moving, event winner Cameron Burrell (Missouri City, Texas/Ridge Point) ran a 6.61 -- No. 2 all time.
“I was so excited when I saw the clock after that,” Brandt-Sims said. “I was just so happy I got to run with all these fast guys. Whenever you run with better competition and faster people, it always pushes you to go farther.”
For the junior, his performance is proof his training is paying off. His speed, combined with his success on the football field, has caught the attention of college coaches.
He currently has six offers and recently attended Washington’s junior day.
“Their new stadium they’re building, it’s so nice,” he said. “I can’t wait to see that next season.”
He was able to sit down with Washington running backs coach Johnny Nansen. Brandt-Sims got a better sense for how the Huskies see him fitting in with the program.
“They’re thinking I can play running back, or slot or wide receiver, because they were saying they could use me in a couple different ways, either from the backfield or motioning out to a slot position,” he said.
He was impressed with Washington’s pitch and likes that the university is close to home.
“There are not too many schools that have said they could use me as a running back, because I’m not big enough yet,” he said. “Washington is one of the schools. Plus, it’s close, which is really nice.”
In addition to the schools that have already extended offers, Cal and UCLA have expressed interest. He plans to attend the Golden Bears’ junior day and will visit UCLA during his spring break.
While football is his focus, when asked if he wanted to continue competing on the track in college, he said, “It would be nice to. I don’t have to, but if a school offers me and says I can do both, I would love to do both.”