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.

Brown heads to Boston

Malcom Brown at Texas-OU. (Will Gallagher/IT)

It was worth the wait.

University of Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown was selected by the New England Patriots with the 32nd pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, which began Thursday evening in Chicago but didn’t hear his name called until later that night.

Recruiting Rundown – 4/28/15

Texas DB coach Chris Vaughn. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Coaches were on the move Monday as they hit high school campuses for the beginning of Spring practice. Plus, a new hoops offer goes out. Here’s the latest on a handful of Texas targets and offers in the Recruiting Rundown. **Added Tuesday offers/visits.

Weekend Update: Recruits Post-Spring game

Patrick Hudson. (Hudl)

We start the week off with Weekend Update . Here’s the Sunday early edition.

With the Spring game as the main event, Texas hosted a handful of recruits from 2016 and 2017 at DKR on Saturday. Admittedly the cast of characters weren’t the best the state has to offer, but that doesn’t change that the Horns are still in good standing with a generous portion of the state’s top talent. One of those 5-stars was actually there to see Shaka Smart and the UT hoops program.

Recruiting Notebook – 4/16/15

Mark Jackson. (Jackson family)

We deliver the Recruiting Notebook – Spring Game Edition this week. We stay in-state for a head-hunting DB, and a couple of edge-rushing ends. Then we hit the slopes of Colorado for an under-the-radar tight end that favors the Austin life. The Texas Spring game may be Saturday but the Notebook drops today.

Talent Comparison 2.0: East Texas

Riley Anderson. (Justin Wells/IT)

Inspired by the works of Inside Texas Recruiting Editor Eric Nahlin, I decided to search through the East Texas region and build the HS all-star football team that would compete with Houston and Dallas. A tall task indeed. Since I’m dealing with a smaller pot of people, I will combine the classes from 2016 and 2017.

Weekend recruiting update

Marvin Wilson. (Justin Wells/IT)

Texas hosted a handful of recruits this past weekend and even handed out an offer. Plus, new UT hoops coach Shaka Smart is steady working the recruiting trail. All in the Weekend recruiting update.

Horns Hook Smart

Smart and Strong. (courtesy of

Poised and polished.

Shaka Smart was both today as he was announced as the new Men’s Basketball coach at Texas.

In Smart, Texas nabbed a 37-year-old, rising star who took Virginia Commonwealth to the 2011 Final Four in just his third season. The Rams recorded five straight upsets during that run, including top-seed Kansas.

Recruiting Notebook – 3/30/15

Dontavious Jackson. (Justin Wells/IT)

This week’s Notebook starts in Houston with the state’s top LB and finishes in Central Texas with a trio of up-and-comers. We finish with practice perspective from a few of the state’s best prospects who attended Texas Relays and watched some of Longhorns’ Spring practices. All in the Recruiting Notebook.