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Rushel Shell transferring to West Virginia

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Rushel Shell’s long, winding journey since leaving Pittsburgh has finally come to a conclusion.  Well, at least for now.

Anyway, the running back confirmed to ESPN.com‘s Brett McMurphy that he will be transferring to West Virginia to continue his playing career.  Shell’s mother also confirmed to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that her son is headed to the Mountaineers.

Shell will be compelled to sit out the 2013 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules but will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014.

For the record, WVU has yet to confirm Shell’s addition to the roster.

“Things went really well down at WVU,” Shell told McMurphy. “I enjoyed every moment of it. We toured the campus and facilities and I got a chance to hang out with other recruits and players on the team.

“They made my visit terrific and made me feel like family.”

In early April, Shell announced that he would be transferring from Pitt.  While it was initially thought Shell would transfer to UCLA — after being barred from playing for Arizona Statethose plans fell through and the player was subsequently connected to Kentucky and Ohio State along with WVU.

A report also surfaced in June that Shell was considering a return to the Panthers, although the team quickly put the stop to any such talk.

As the primary backup to Ray Graham last season, Shell rushed for 641 yards and four touchdowns as a true freshman.  Both of those totals were good for second on the team, and tops among returning backs.

He was rated as the No. 6 running back in the country in the Class of 2012 by Rivals.com.

Shell is the second transfer back WVU has picked up this offseason.  In June, Charles Sims announced that he was signing with the Mountaineers after leaving Houston.  Unlike Shell, however, Sims will be eligible to play in 2013 as he’s already received a degree from UH.

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8 Responses to “Rushel Shell transferring to West Virginia”
  1. mauldawg says: Jul 26, 2013 4:43 PM

    Great pick up for my eers. IMHO from what I can read Shell has grown up and will keep himself in line. Sometimes things like this is the wakeup call that is needed. Hoping the very best for this young man.

  2. wvuandsteelers says: Jul 26, 2013 4:59 PM

    Pitt can still eat s***. Go ‘Eers!

  3. classyjacklambert says: Jul 26, 2013 6:22 PM

    You should really have to pass a basic spelling test before you name a child.

  4. thegonz13 says: Jul 26, 2013 6:41 PM

    Does WVU even know this guy is transferring there?

  5. joewilliesshnoz says: Jul 26, 2013 10:03 PM

    Now all they have to do, is get him to show up for his classes. Oh wait, he’s going to WVU, never mind . . .

  6. pens5829 says: Jul 27, 2013 12:30 PM

    Wvuandsteelers. Time to let it go hillbilly. Let it go.

  7. blastfurnaceknows says: Jul 27, 2013 3:39 PM

    Well . . . at least he’s got a chance of making grades at couch-fire tech. Wasn’t the case at Pitt and wouldn’t have been at Ohio St. or UCLA either. The kid knew that and whittled his list down to the school best known for battery-throwing and well, battery, and Kentucky, the only other hillbilly vocational institute for the mentally impaired in the region. Something tells me though, with his history, he will manage to find a new way to blow this “opportunity.”

  8. easeupdude says: Jul 29, 2013 10:31 AM

    I’ll have you know WVU has had 25 students selected as Rhodes Scholarship candidates. 16 of them have been awarded the most prestigious academic award in the world and the school ranks six among public state institutions for the number of Rhodes Scholar recipients. I understand this is not the only way to measure a colleges academic prowess but not everyone who’s enrolled or graduated is a dipsh*t. You’re probably a p-off Pitt fan who is sick of being in WVU’s shadow when it comes to college football!

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