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.

Next Big Thing: Clayton Smith

Clayton Smith. (Justin Wells/IT)

At first glance, it’s difficult not to notice the 6-foot-4, 220-pound sophomore on the practice field at Texas High. He’s long, athletic, and seems to find the ball on most plays. Three plays into his scrimmage, and he had two PBUs and a sack from OLB and DE. But there’s something else to see. That would be Texas High OLB Clayton Smith.

Catching Up with Kitan Crawford

Kitan Crawford. (Justin Wells/IT)

TYLER, TX — You have to get up early to see the John Tyler Lions practice.

Sessions start at 6 a.m., but Kitan Crawford, the rising corner for Cujo, has already warmed up. Sporting a burnt orange undershirt, Crawford is in full workout mode even though it’s still dark outside.

Princely Umanmielen and Var’Keyes Gumms talk UT

Princely Umanmielen (Joe Cook/IT)

The aftermath from the Made In Texas weekend that included a packed Bevo Blvd., a well-attended spring game, and a Ludacris concert is slowly starting to rise up. Priority guys know they are priorities, and you’ll begin to see official visitors head to Austin starting on May 3rd for UT’s first OV weekend.

Ehlinger: First Blood – Part II

Jake Ehlinger. (courtesy of the Ehlinger family)

There’s another one.

As if having another Ehlinger at the University of Texas wasn’t enough, Austin Westlake senior Jake Ehlinger will follow in his family’s tradition of attending the school and his brother’s footsteps of playing on the gridiron.

Recruiting Notebook – 3/20/19

Kelee Ringo. (Justin Wells/IT)

We start in the Houston area with a linebacker who tracks and smacks, then head west to see the nation’s top corner and one of the best OL from Arizona, back to east Texas for a uber-athletic corner with lock down traits, and finish with UT’s top QB on its 2021 big board in this edition of the Recruiting Notebook.

Ehlinger taking over Texas QB room

Sam Ehlinger at UT spring practice. (Justin Wells/IT)

AUSTIN, Tx — On the heels of a 10-win season, culminating in a 28-21 Sugar Bowl victory over SEC power Georgia, the vibe throughout the first week of spring practice has been notably upbeat and very energetic. And perhaps no one embodies that positive strut like junior signal-caller Sam Ehlinger.