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Another Pitt transfer considering Kentucky

Meet Rushel Shell.

He rushed for 641 yards and four touchdowns as a true freshman at Pittsburgh last season. This spring, he was listed as the Panthers’ No. 1 running back. Then in April, he announced he would transfer to UCLA and enroll in classes this summer.

But two twin daughters in Pennsylvania raised second thoughts about transferring to the west coast, so Rushel Shell decided to return to Pittsburgh for a sophomore season. The problem is, Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst didn’t welcome him back with open arms. Instead, he told Shell he’d have to find other opportunities to continue his college football career.

Insert Kentucky.

Mark Stoops recruited Shell while at Florida State and was aware of his current situation, but assumed he would return to Pitt to be the starting running back as a sophomore next season. It wasn’t until the Davis twins — Shell’s teammates at Pitt last season — told Stoops about Shell’s predicament, that he realized the running back was available and looking to transfer to an FBS program relatively close to home.

Now the four-star Pennsylvania running back, ranked sixth at his position and 55th overall in the 2012 class, is down to Kentucky, Ohio State and West Virginia for his next destination. He plans to visit all three schools this summer and make his decision before fall camp begins in August.

Shell will have to sit out the 2013 season but will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

24 Comments for Another Pitt transfer considering Kentucky

  1. ukfastcat
    4:03 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink


  2. NL
    4:04 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    I hope some of these running backs can catch. I feel like Stoops has recruited 20 of them. If our offense is supposed to be pass first, then why do we need so many backs?

  3. UK
    4:05 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Cool to be in the top 3, but hes not coming here.

  4. BleedingBlue79
    4:07 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t remember which recruiting guy it was, but I read somewhere a couple of days ago that UK wasn’t actually considering him, because of already being well-staffed at his position. But, maybe that’s changed.

  5. Deacon
    4:11 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    I guess you can never have too many talented players, but it seems we are getting a little crowded in the backfield already for 2014. After this year we loose George and Sanders We will return (1) Clemons and (2) Mobely. We will add (3) Heard as a transfer from Nebraska and (4)one of the Pitt twins is going to play running back. We got (5) Kemp coming in as a Freshman this year, and (6) Boom and (7) Horton coming in 2014. This guy would make 8. Just seems like a lot of guys for one position (isn’t Brown’s offense generally a one-back set with four wide receivers?), when our need is multiple WR’s.

  6. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    4:12 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    UK seems to have a lot of depth at RB for 2014, but this dude was a top 100 coming out of HS. Go get him! He should be able to usurp anybody we’d have available.

  7. Ibescootch
    4:17 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Am I the only one who got really confused with the twins references?

  8. UKfanNKY
    4:19 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    You can never have to many talented players in any postion in the game of football it keeps them honest and they have to realize that the guy just behind him and the next guys are just as talented!!! It makes you work hard/harder!! Go getm Stoooooops….GO CATS!!!

  9. crowded house
    4:25 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Will Uk become like the MAJOR majors, where there are plenty of grayshirts and redshirts, and the stable is replenished year after year? I wish we could get deeper at WR, but I’ll take “too many” great athletes any day.

  10. crowded house
    4:30 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Drew, what do you mean by two twin daughters? Does he have kids, or does he have twin daughters as love interests?

    Also, I neglected saying this earlier, but GREAT JOB on today’s Wiltjer-Gonzaga photoshop.

  11. PhilUK18
    4:34 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Good thing he has two twin daughters, I would be fairly concerned for him and the twins in question if he only had one.

    That said, awesome that we might get this kid. But wouldn’t getting him mean choosing between starting him and Braylon Heard, the transfer from Nebraska? Always nice to have competition, but there’s also merit to having one clear starter at running back.

  12. KnowoYourHistory
    4:34 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Isn’t the difference in the style of Air Raid that Neil Brown runs is the fact that he actually runs the ball; unlike, Mummy who used the pass to set up the run (sorry for the pun)?

  13. Don
    4:45 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    It’s tough if you have 4 daughters at his age..#7 you are not confused..The writer needs to learn a little it more before he continues to write stories..

  14. Cast
    5:25 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    13. The writer needs to learn it more……… You need to learn to put a sentence together.

  15. Bubba Jo
    5:26 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    This kid is nothing but trouble. Go read the OSU forums. Just about every knowledgeable fan is screaming for them to pass on this kid. His history is very questionable and clearly shows he’s a cancer on a team. He even tried to come back to Pitt and they said, no way, get lost. What does that tell you?

  16. leedee
    5:42 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    2 twin daughters. Does that make four daughters, or did you mean (correctly) twin daughers?

  17. tyrus
    6:24 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    UK needs athletes with speed then deal with where they’ll play.

  18. PhilUK18
    6:28 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink


    Same thought, different way of expressing it in our posts. Great minds, sir, great minds.

  19. NERDS in high school
    7:19 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like Grammer police are out agian! NERDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You know what the writer was saying why be a smart a$$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Terry Blue
    7:37 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    ESPN saying it’s UK or W.Va and he will decide after taking visits to both

  21. Big Whoop
    7:53 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    There are no twin daughters. There are twins transferring in this fall from Pitt. Shell is not coming to UK. There isn’t any room for him and he’s been informed of that, according to Justin Rowland.

  22. Ice Cube
    8:33 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    I had a tight curl like that back when I was in NWA.

  23. Jock in high school
    8:34 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Shell has twin daughters,but was stoops was informed about his situation by twins enrolling at UK! Two different sets of twins! Can the Grammer police get it!
    [email protected] you might use better Grammer then me but I can beat your A$$!

  24. Jock in high school
    8:35 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    22) Yes sir you did! Bow down to the bow wow!