Posted June 24, 2013

Report: Running back Rushel Shell won’t return to Pitt after all

Pitt Panthers, Player Transfers, UCLA Bruins
Rushel Shell

Rushel Shell was supposed to be a star at Pitt, but now his future is uncertain. (Scott Donaldson/Icon SMI)

By Zac Ellis

The offseason saga of Rushel Shell took another interesting turn over the weekend. The tailback, who originally announced his intention to transfer to UCLA in April, reportedly decided that he would try to remain with the Panthers, a source told the Los Angeles Times. However, recent reports indicate that door might not be open for Shell after all.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Sam Werner tweeted on Monday that Shell won’t be rejoining the Panthers.

Rumors of Shell’s potential transfer from Pitt first surfaced in March, when the Panthers released a statement noting that Shell was “working through some challenges.” His plans to join UCLA went public soon after, but, according to the Times, Shell has twin daughters in Pennsylvania and ultimately decided that the distance would be too great if he played for the Bruins.

Shell entered spring practice as Pitt’s starting running back after rushing for 641 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman in 2012. A four-star prospect out of Hopewell High in Aliquippa, Pa. — the same high school that former Pitt legend Tony Dorsett once attended — Shell originally elected to attend Pittsburgh over the likes of Alabama and Ohio State. Shell set a state record with 9,078 career rushing yards.

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