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.

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.

STRONG: Notes and Quotes – Spring ball

Charlie Strong. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas head coach Charlie Strong talked to the media for the first time since signing a consensus Top 10 class in 2015 today. As Spring practice opens, so do the team’s expectations. Lots to discuss including the quarterback position, the offensive line, linebackers, and the injury updates. And what about special teams?

Recruiting Notebook – 3/18/15

Chris Brown. (Justin Wells/IT)

The Inside Texas Recruiting Notebook hits the state of Texas in this edition. After the Opening Regionals in Arlington last weekend, we’ve identified four prospects squarely on the Longhorns radar. All in this week’s Notebook.

Recapping the Opening Regionals

Kendell Jones. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Lots of recruiting tidbits and the closest thing to football we have in March was in Arlington on Sunday. Nike’s The Opening Regionals were held at Lamar HS. It used to be known as Nike Football Training Camp (NFTC) but maybe that was too fancy. Either way, a record 13 prospects were invited to the main event, The Opening in Oregon. While there were no current Longhorns’ commits on the roster, that, just like last year, will change.

UT Junior Day Recap

Kendell Jones. (Justin Wells/IT)

If you were expecting a flurry of commitments on Saturday, adjust your expectations. What you should expect actually happened. After yesterday’s tumultuous weather of freezing temperatures and rain, the players that actually did show up proved one thing; they really like Texas.