WA burner will take in Wazzu Junior Day


THIS WEEKEND WAZZU will host one of the early top prospects in the state's 2014 class at their junior day. And he's a burner, with a pair of state track titles to his credit.

The reality is that most of the prospects at Pac-12 junior day events won't earn Pac-12 scholarship offers -- WSU is expected to host between 40-50 recruits at their junior day event this weekend based on what prep sources have told CF.C.

Isaiah Brandt-Sims, however, is someone who could earn a WSU offer. With his versatility in the backfield, the Wenatchee product said the Cougar coaches have told him he could line up at multiple spots in the Air Raid.

"The coaches like me because of my speed," he said. "I'm fast on the field and I can catch the ball too. The coaches said I could play either running back or wide receiver. A few other schools are looking at me as a defensive back too. It doesn't really matter to me where I line up though. I'll play wherever a team can use me."

Brandt-Sims does not have an offer from the Cougs for football, but does hold a scholarship offer from the Cougar track team. He added that he is hoping to participate in both sports while in college. He has football offers from UW, Wyoming, SMU, Colorado State, Arizona State and Harvard. He's also hearing from Oregon, Cal, UCLA, Arizona and several other schools across the country.

The two in-state programs appear to be a household favorite early on though.

"My family really likes UW and WSU because it's close and they'd be able to come watch my games on the weekends," Brandt-Sims said. "I've been talking to UW for a little while now and they offered me in football, but said I could run track too. I haven't talked to the WSU coaches about running track yet. I'm not stuck on running track in college, but it would be nice to be able to do it."

Brandt-Sims have clocked a 4.37 in the 40. The three-star prospect is the 40th ranked RB in the land by scout.com and is coming off a solid junior season. In 2012, he rushed for 1,400 yards and 20 touchdowns, while adding 261 yards and four scores catching the ball out of the backfield.

"I'm looking forward to getting out to Wazzu this weekend," Brandt-Sims said. "I can't wait to check out the campus. I grew up watching them and I have a lot of friends who go to school there now."

Newly signed Cougar o-lineman Cody O'Connell (6-8, 350) came to the Cougs from Wenatchee High.

"Cody's been telling me a lot about how great the school is and how it's a great program," Brandt-Sims said. "The coaches came down to visit him a few times and Mike Leach even came down and hung out in Wenatchee for a day which was awesome (laugh). Coach Leach seems like a really down to earth guy and Cody always tell me how great of a coach he is."

The 6-0, 180-pound back was named to the 4A All-State team and was the Big-Nine All-League Offensive MVP. On the track, he was crowned state champion in both the 100- and 200-meter races, at 10.60 and 21.24 respectively. Brandt-Sims is also a standout in the classroom with a 3.9 GPA.

Isaiah Brandt-Sims junior highlights:

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