Former Pitt running back Rushel Shell is set to announce which school he’ll transfer to today, and it’s down to West Virginia and Kentucky. Shell left Pitt in April to go to UCLA, but had a last minute change of heart. Pitt’s head coach Paul Chryst refused to let him return to the team, so he decided to explore other options to stay closer to home.
Last season, Shell was Pitt’s second-leading rusher as a true freshman, rushing for 641 yards and four touchdowns. Going into spring practice, he was on top of Pitt’s depth chart before he deciding to transfer. In his senior year at Hopewell High School in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, set the state rushing record with 9,078 yards. Coming out of high school, he was considered a four-star recruit, and the sixth best running back in the 2012 class by Rivals. Wherever he goes, he’ll have to sit out next year and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Shell visited West Virginia earlier this week, and the Mountaineers are thought to be the favorite for his services. However, his former Pitt teammates Chris and Demitrious Davis transferred to Kentucky earlier this summer, something that is keeping the Cats in the running:
“I feel good about going down there with people I am close with. That’s something I will consider.”
Shell said that the buzz around the UK program is also appealing:
“It’s a new era there. Things are happening there.”
Watch him work: