Rushel Shell narrows choices to OSU, Kentucky and West Virginia
Former Pittsburgh running back Rushel Shell has added Ohio State, Kentucky and West Virginia to his list of possible landing spots.
According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Shell’s mother Toni Zuccaro confirmed that her son was looking elsewhere after being denied a return to Pitt by head coach Paul Chryst.
Shell originally began his career with the Pittsburgh Panthers. After only one season behind Ray Graham, the running back announced he would be transferring to UCLA. The news came as a surprise to most, including Pitt head coach Chryst.
Late into the summer, it was found that Shell had not enrolled at UCLA and that Shell had a change of heart. He wanted to stay in Pittsburgh, close to his family. It was expected that Shell would be welcomed back. However, head coach Chryst had a surprise of his own. Chryst announced that Shell would not be allowed to return to the program, which left the sophomore frustrated and looking for a new school.
While the search has been narrowed to three schools – the Buckeyes, the Mountaineers and the Wildcats – Shell’s mother reveled to NBC Sports that many Division II schools have also contacted the former All-American running back, but he only wants to transfer to an FBS Division I school.
It is unknown at this time where Shell could land. However with Charles Sims recently signing with West Virginia, the running back could be leaning more heavily towards Ohio State and Kentucky in the remaining months before kickoff in August.