Two months after indicating he planned on transferring from Pitt to UCLA, running back Rushel Shell has apparently had a change-of-heart.
According to Rivals.com and the Los Angeles Times, Shell has decided to stay with the Panthers instead of transferring out west. The Times reports that Shell has twin daughters living in Pennsylvania and did not want to play cross-country from them.
Shell has said nothing about coming back to Pitt on his Twitter account, which still says “running back for UCLA”, and neither Pitt nor UCLA has not commented on the reports as of yet.
As a freshman for the Panthers, Shell was the team’s second-leading rusher with 641 yards and four touchdowns. However, in April, Pitt confirmed Shell wished to transfer from the program. The university reportedly placed transfer restrictions on Shell that applied to members of the ACC, Arizona and Arizona State — the latter two programs had coaches with connections to Pitt. Another Pac-12 program, Cal, was also believed to be a possible landing spot for Shell.
Given his productivity in one year, it’s hard to imagine Pitt not taking him back.