Jonathan Wells

  • joined Apr 30, 2011
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I formerly wrote here under the pseudonym "HaroldHill". I am a sometime contributor to Burnt Orange Nation, largely focusing on recruiting and Texas high school football. I was born in Texas and have been an avid UT fan for as long as I can remember. 2004 graduate of UT-Arlington, and resident of the Metroplex area.

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Frisco vs. Northwest Arkansas - 7/6/14

I watched Frisco take on the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (KC affiliate) at Arvest Ballpark last night from about four rows behind home plate. This was my 2nd time to see these two teams this year,...

From Okinawa to Tucson: a Jarrett Mitchell update


Jarrett Mitchell, an American high school student-athlete living in Okinawa who dreamed of playing college football but lacked the requisite exposure, has made his college choice. Read on to get an update on what's next for him.

Storylines abound at the Texas state track meet


The Texas State Track and Field Championships will feature several returning champions, national record holders, redemption stories, and sibling duos. Read on for an event-by-event preview and a look at some of the meets compelling story lines.

The Recruiting Saga of a Football Star from Japan


High school senior Jarrett Mitchell has spent three years chasing the dream of a Division I football scholarship, but his recruitment has been hindered by the fact that he lives and attends school on Okinawa Island.

Kendell Jones could be next big Killeen D-lineman


Following in the footsteps of Tommie Harris and Roy Miller, Kendell Jones could be the next superstar defensive tackle to come out of central Texas. He stands a solid 6'5" and 305 pounds. And he's just a 15-year-old sophomore.

Texas Football According to Death Cab for Cutie


With the Texas Longhorns' football season unraveling and fans calling for Mack Brown's head, one writer attempts to explain UT fans' current state of mind with the help of Death Cab for Cutie lyrics.

Signing Day recap: Unheralded players edition


In this story, we'll recap the senior seasons and college choices of the 16 high school football players who were featured in the "Unheralded 2013 Player of the Week" series of posts at Burnt Orange Nation.

The Unheralded 7: a septet of lesser-known seniors


A Todd Reesing-sized QB, an undersized offensive lineman, and a lightning quick Hobbit-sized running back: three of the seven players profiled in this, the last post of the Unheralded 2013 Players series.

Introducing, Sotonye Jamabo


2015 running back Sotonye Jamabo has made headlines in Dallas/Fort Worth with his big performances late in the high school football season. He has been compared to Adrian Peterson, but football might not even be his best sport.

A Hidden Gem in Cowtown


Kameron LeCoq is a standout defensive end who has somehow avoided the gaze of college recruiters while playing in the big city, despite his ideal frame, good grades, and impressive highlights.

After A'Shawn, Options Thin at Defensive Tackle


A'Shawn Robinson committed to Texas in February but has since taken visits to other schools. We take a look at DT recruiting alternatives should Robinson de-commit; Who's off the board, who might be flipped, and who's still under the radar.

Senior tackle doing work in the Rio Grande Valley


Isaiah Galvan might be the best defensive lineman in the Rio Grande Valley, but it seems hardly anyone outside of the valley has noticed him.

Xavier McElhannon Makes Big Plays in Obscurity


Xavier McElhannon might be the most anonymous star running back in the state. Though he's been a very productive player for the better part of two seasons, none of the major recruiting sites seem to know about him. Hopefully that will change soon.

Playmaker Charleston White Dominates the Panhandle


Amarillo Palo Duro wide receiver/safety Charleston White makes plays all over the field for his team, and after a very impressive start to his senior season, he could start pulling in offers soon from schools in the major conferences.


Phil Dawson and Justin Tucker make UT history

History was made in Baltimore tonight when the Ravens hosted the Cleveland Browns. The teams both featured kickers who are former Longhorns: 14-year vet Phil Dawson for Cleveland and rookie Justin...

The Unheralded 2013: Gennard Johnson (Waxahachie)

Waxahachie senior lineman Gennard Johnson has shown the ability to dominate both sides of the line of scrimmage. He may be a poor man's Booger Kennedy or a shorter Andrew Billings, but has not yet received scholarship offers from college programs.

Unheralded 2013 Player of the Week: Devante Pullum

BON's Unheralded 2013 Player of the Week is Little Elm's Devante Pullum, a 2-sport star who has the same size as fellow Little Elm product (and current NFL receiver) Cole Beasley, but may be an even more explosive athlete and playmaker.

Unheralded 2013 Player of the Week: Tyrel Stokes

BON's Unheralded Player of Week Two is safety Tyrel Stokes of Killeen Harker Heights. He had over 100 tackles as a junior, made 1st team all-district and has two teammates committed to UT, but he is still awaiting offers of his own.

Unheralded 2013 Player of the Week: Derick Bates, Jr.

BON's Unheralded 2013 Player of the Week series continues with Belton receiver - and son of a BYU defensive back - Derick Bates, who led the central Texas area in catches and receiving yards as a junior but still awaits his first scholarship offer.

Unheralded 2013 Player of the Week: Collin Bowen

Burnt Orange Nation's first Unheralded 2013 Player of the Week is Canyon Randall QB Collin Bowen, a virtual Collin Klein clone who put up big numbers as a junior but missed his last 4 games due to injury and is still waiting for his first offer.

2014 Recruiting: Introducing RB Xavier Turner

As a sophomore, Birdville RB Xavier Turner shared carries with 2 seniors and still ran for over 900 yards. Now faster and stronger coming into his junior year, he is slated to be the feature back and primed for a breakout season.

2014 Recruiting: Introducing DE Corey Hayes

Corey Hayes is among the most promising 2014 defensive end prospects in south Texas, and he grew up a UT fan. Regardless of whether he hears from the Longhorn staff, his name is bound to show up on the recruiting boards of several schools next spring

2014 Recruiting: Introducing TE/H-back Dimitri Flowers


Incoming San Antonio Churchill junior Dimitri Flowers is the son of a former NFL defensive end, and he goes into this fall as one of the state's top tight end/H-back prospects in the 2014 class. Read on to find out more.

UT's Kicking Game, and A Possible 2014 Target


A brief look at UT's candidates to take over the placekicking job this fall, and a profile of a 2014 prospect who could be their next target at the position.

A Few Words With 2013 Target Andrew Billings


2013 football prospect Andrew Billings (Waco, TX) answers some questions about his recruitment by the Texas Longhorns.

Robbie Rhodes Favoring Baylor and Texas


With the commitment of Eldridge Massington to USC, 2013 FW Southwest WR Robbie Rhodes may be the hottest prospect in the state at this position. Which schools does he favor?

Texas State Track and Field Meet results [updated]


Results from the Texas State Track and Field Meet, focusing largely on Texas football signees and targets.

Future Longhorns at the State Track Meet


A look at the Texas Longhorn football signees set to compete at the Texas Track and Field state meet.


NFL Draft Recap: Mack Curse Edition

A look at how a few draft-eligible players affected by the so-called "Mack Brown curse" fared at last week's NFL draft.

2013 Recruiting: A Look at the Rivals Positional Rankings - Defense


A largely Texas Longhorn-centric look at Rivals' recently revealed football positional rankings for defensive prospects in the high school class of 2013.

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