Notebook: Wenatchee’s Brandt-Sims a perfect brains/brawn mix

Staff writerJanuary 25, 2014 

Isaiah Brandt-Sims.

The regimented life of football players often times expands into other areas.

Case in point: Wenatchee High School running back Isaiah Brandt-Sims.

The Stanford commit knows a thing or two about big numbers as the Panthers’ career rushing leader — 3,740 yards, 52 touchdowns. He also has a 3.97 grade-point average.

Before he heads off to college, Brandt-Sims wants to leave the Wenatchee program a special contribution: a football workout-based iPhone app for his coaches and teammates.

“I started it last winter after taking (Advanced Placement) computer science,” Brandt-Sims said. “I wanted to create a business app for the coaches to get their workouts created and get it out to their players,”

Although he hasn’t finished the app because of the ongoing conflicts (in cross compatibility) between iPhone and Windows software, Brandt-Sims says he hopes to have the program ready for cross-platform use by June.

“I want them to be able to use it before I go to Stanford,” Brandt-Sims said.

Brandt-Sims will aim to get an undergraduate degree in computer engineering and graphic design at Stanford. When Brandt-Sims took his official campus visit Jan. 10, assistant athletic director Mike Eubanks took the teenager on a tour of the EA Sports video-game studio in the tony area of Redwood Shores, near Redwood City, Calif.

“I knew once I went there that I wanted to work on the graphics and programming for video games,” Brandt-Sims said.

Wenatchee coach Scott Devereaux admits when Brandt-Sims strikes up a technology-based conversation, the message gets lost in translation.

“I often tell him he’s speaking a foreign language, man,” Devereaux said. “He’s a smart kid, really one of a kind. ... I believe he can go anywhere, be it with computers or football.”

IDAHO TREASURES

Maybe Boise State’s in-state secret stash has finally been uncovered.

No longer can the Broncos keep under wraps the bevy of NCAA Division I talent from the eight high schools in the Treasure Valley area.

Five locals are expected to sign with FBS schools in February: Rocky Mountain’s Khalil Oliver (considering Boise State, Oregon and Washington), Jake Knight (Oregon State commit) and Kekoa Nawahine (Boise State commit); Timberline’s Don Hill (USC commit); and Meridian’s Richard Bettencourt (Wyoming commit).

“It’s a great place to live,” said Rocky Mountain coach Scott Criner, who also coached at Boise State in the 1990s. “The players who played at Boise stayed in the area, and their kids are now of the age here to play.”

HUMBLE HUMPHREYS

Connor Humphreys of Portland’s Central Catholic is the last person to take credit for an accomplishment.

The defensive end commit to Arizona State recently played in the U.S. Army All-America game in San Antonio. The all-star game took a back seat to another experience he had in Texas — visiting Methodist Children’s Hospital.

“I met a little boy who just found out he had cancer,” Humphreys said. “It affected me a lot. He was smiling because of all the football players were there. I was really glad to be a part of that scene.”

Humphreys, who volunteers at the Blanchet House of Hospitality in Portland serving meals to those in need, wants to go into physical education and sports medicine with a goal to coach football in the future.

NORTHERN EXPOSURE

North Pole High School’s Lance Wright faced the same problem many Alaskan recruits go through — little love from the lower 48 states.

So instead of waiting for recruiters to find him, the receiver flew 4,000 miles to Houston for a summer camp in June at Rice University.

The Owls offered him a scholarship, and he accepted.

“He has family in Texas, so when Rice made him that offer, he took it,” North Pole coach Richard Henert said. “As soon as he was recognized by them, other schools came with offers. But he said no.”

UNTIMELY INJURIES

No high school senior likes to see his final football season end because of injury. And no FBS recruiter likes hearing about it.

Three standouts from the Northwest will enter NCAA Division I colleges next fall coming off a season-ending injury — Mountlake Terrace running back Devante Downs (knee), Jesuit (Ore.) linebacker Joey Alfieri (leg) and Timberline’s Hill (Achilles).

Downs (California commit) tore an anterior cruciate ligament at the Oregon State camp in June and never played a snap as a senior. Hill went down in late September with a torn Achilles. Alfieri (Stanford commit) broke his leg in a game in late October.

Should college coaches be concerned about those injuries?

“It really depends on what the injury was,” an FBS recruiter said. “If it is an ACL, those are pretty common now. Surgeries on them are pretty clean, so you do not worry. If it is meniscus or shoulder, those two have a tendency to scare you a little more.”

Kevin Manning: 253-597-8680
kevin.manning@thenewstribune.com

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