David Shaw has continued to build the Stanford Cardinal into a perennial Pac 12 contender and national power since taking over two seasons ago. He’s maintained that success by recruiting elite student-athletes and molding his gameplans around their ability. That flexibility has helped him snag another athlete with Isaiah Brandt-Sims verbally committing to play football and run track for Stanford in 2014.
Brandt-Sims is a 5-foot-11, 185-pound running back out of Wenatchee, Washington, and a bona fide speedster, clocking a 10.48 100 and 21.33 200 this spring. He had offers from numerous other Pac 12 programs, but was sold on Stanford after a visit this week where he was able to sit down with both the football coaches and track coaches. The ability to play both sports at the college level was a major selling point for Brandt-Sims.
But the biggest selling point may have come from a member of the Stanford football team. Running back Kelsey Young redshirted his freshman year before getting installed as a hybrid wide receiver/running back last season. Shaw developed the position to use Young’s talents in the offense and would like to keep that position going by adding depth to it. The opportunity to play that slash position was the closer that Stanford was looking for and will welcome Brandt-Sims to the Farm in 2014.
In college football, you have to continue to adapt the changing landscape or get left behind. David Shaw continues to evolve and adapt his offense to the talent that he brings to Palo Alto. Will Brandt-Sims be a future playmaker for the Cardinal football team?