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Isaiah Brandt-Sims (Scout.com)
Northwest Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jul 10, 2013
Scout.com caught up with Wenatchee, Wash. athlete Isaiah Brandt-Sims, who verbally committed to the Stanford Cardinal a few weeks ago. The 6-foot, 180-pound athlete talked about his decision, where he'll play for David Shaw and the Cardinal, and going for his fourth-straight 100m title in track.
On his decision to commit to
: "I went down there a week ago or so on Monday and after visiting the school and talking to the football coaches and the track coaches and getting to meet a couple of the players I was thinking in my mind that it was definitely a place I would want to go. Then I went home and thought about it for a day or two, talked about it with my family and then I called the head coach and told him I was committed."
On how he broke the news to coach Shaw
: "We talked for a little bit. He asked me how my visit went down there and I told him it was really good. I told him I was ready to be a Stanford Man."
What does it mean to be a 'Stanford Man'?
: "They are redoing their locker room and they are going to have a big poster inside the locker room of a Stanford Man, and that's going to be the title of it. They are going to have things about it, the characteristics that make up a Stanford Man and a couple other things."
What characteristics of a Stanford Man do you embody right now?
: "Good character and I just want to always do my best. After talking to a couple of the players down there I really feel like I fit in with them."
On the last time at The Farm being his third unofficial visit to Stanford the last three years
: "Before when I went down there they weren't really sure where I would play because I wasn't quite big enough for running back or tall enough for wide receiver I guess. I talked to them some more and they told me that I could fill the spot of
. He's kind of a mix between a wide receiver and a running back. It's a new hybrid position they are hoping to keep, so that's the position I'll play once I get there."
How does that work with what you do at Wenatchee?
: "That's basically the same thing I do on my team. This last season I played a lot of slot or running back stuff."
On being able to play football and do track at Stanford
: "I talked to coach Shaw and he told me I could do both sports there. I've always wanted to continue on and do both sports in college just to see where I could get in each."
On becoming a four-time 100m state title holder
: "I feel like it's a big deal and I'm really excited for this next track season to come."
So now that you're committed, what do you have to do to make sure you pass through Stanford admissions?
: "I talked to the linebackers coach - he's the one that helps with admissions - and he said he'll send me some stuff that I have to fill out and so far I've been doing great. I need to continue along that path and my senior year get all A's. I might have to take the SAT one more time but they think I should be good."
Have you had to alter your curriculum at all to make sure you get through admissions?
: "Since my freshman year I've always been talking to them about what I needed to do to be able to get admitted to Stanford. Ever since then they've been helping me set up my schedule to take the right classes, a lot of AP classes, and making sure I'm at the highest level with school."
What about the idea of enrolling mid-year?
: "I talked to coach Shaw about that and he told me they don't have a lot to do for the freshmen that enroll early, so it would be better for me to stay here. Plus I have track too."
Have you talked to the coaches about redshirting or playing right away?
: "They really didn't say, and coach Shaw said he really doesn't like to make that decision until after spring camp. For freshmen coming in, we have a couple weeks in the summer where we all come in early and practice, so that's why he doesn't care too much if we came in a semester early. We'll already be practicing for a while, and then the whole team comes together and we'll be practicing."
Do you have a date set for your official visit?
: "No, not yet. I'm kind of thinking about taking it after the season. It'll be a little calmer for me, I guess."
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