Author Archives: Justin Wells

About Justin Wells

Justin was born a sports fan. From the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, and Texas Rangers, he fell in love with sports at a young age. Justin lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and cross country in high school. He continued his playing career in basketball at LeTourneau University (98-01). Before becoming the Inside Texas Web Editor in August of 2013, Justin was a high school coach, helped UH and Baylor with scouting and summer football camps, worked in the oilfield, and was the editor at HornSports and writer at the East Texas Sports Network. Raised in a family of Aggies, Justin broke away from the regime when he was 12, attended his first Texas football game in 1995 and has been hooked ever since.

Recruiting Notebook – 1/11/17

Gary Johnson. (Dodge City CC Athletics)

This week’s Notebook starts in Rockdale with a rock star athlete, a DT destined to destroy worlds from North Houston, a dynamic athlete from H-town, and an ILB parked in the middle of Kansas. A handful of juniors and a very important ’17 JUCO athlete get evaluated today.

Texas releases football schedule for 2017

Texas flag. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Big 12 Conference office announced the 2017 league football schedule on Tuesday afternoon.

The conference slate will begin on the road for the second straight year, as they Longhorns will travel to Ames, Iowa for a matchup with the Cyclones of Iowa State on Sept. 30. UT defeated Iowa State 27-6 at home in 2016. The home portion of the conference schedule begins the following week when Texas welcomes Kansas State to Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium on Oct. 7.

Weekend Recruiting Quick Hitters

Sam Ehlinger (Justin Wells/IT)

Listening to Christmas music this morning in the Wells’ house, I’ve got a couple recruiting notes to drop this morning while sipping on this egg nog waiting for Army-Navy. Just added Sunday updates on new offer and surprise visitors.

Here are some notes for the big official visit weekend.

More Recruiting on a Tuesday

Walker Little with UT staff. (Courtesy of Little)

While Eric so eloquently described the new staff kicking up dust on the recruiting trail, I’ve gathered a few notes and quotes as Herman’s Hermits continue to run up the gas card expense account from Bellmont.

One thing I’ve noticed with the new staff that’s vastly different than Strong’s first go around are the established relationships with the prospects and new UT coaches inside the state. Just talking to kids in the last week, it’s very apparent that this staff built bonds with prospects they may never have had a shot with at UH, but now that they’re in Austin, are looking a little better.

IT Podcast w/ Wells & Boyd: Crazy Times

Texas players before the RS. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In some of the most dramatic days since UT’s loss to Kansas in Lawrence, Justin Wells and Ian Boyd deliver the IT Podcast with theme – Crazy, by Seal. We discuss Post-KU, Pre-TCU, coaching latest, and give a case for each Longhorn named finalist for major awards at the end of the year. It’s bowl eligibility and finishing Strong in this edition of the Inside Texas Podcast.