Jan. 5, 2013; Birmingham, AL, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers running back Rushel Shell (4) is tripped up by Mississippi Rebels defensive back Dehendret Collins (1) during the first quarter of the BBVA Compass Bowl at Legion Field. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh running back Rushel Shell to transfer to West Virginia


Former Pittsburgh Panthers running back Rushel Shell announced Friday that he’ll be leaving the football program. Shell will transfer to West Virginia, where he’ll have to sit out this upcoming 2013 season but will still have three remaining years of eligibility.

After leaving the program in April, Shell had at one point asked to be reinstated to the football team, a request coach Paul Chryst denied.

Shell, who had narrowed his potential transfer destination to wither West Virginia or Kentucky, spoke with ESPN about why he chose to become a Mountaineer: “Things went really well down at WVU. 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.”

Shell was solid at Pitt, finishing second on the team in rushing, but was an absolute monster in high school. He set the prep record for most rushing yards in Pennsylvania state history with 9,078 as well as breaking the national record for most consecutive games with 100 yards rushing (39).

West Virginia has had success luring away running backs this off-season. Last month, former Houston running back Charles Sims said he’d be transferring to WVU.

[Source: ESPN]

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