Former Pitt RB Rushel Shell will transfer to West Virginia

Former Pitt RB Rushel Shell told reporters he plans to transfer to West Virginia. (USATSI)
Former Pitt RB Rushel Shell told reporters he plans to transfer to West Virginia. (USATSI)

Former Pittsburgh running back Rushel Shell plans to transfer to West Virginia. On Friday, the leading rusher in Pennsylvania high school history began telling reporters -- ESPN's Brett McMurphy and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Jerry DiPaola, among others -- that he had chosen Morgantown as his transfer destination. 

Shell was reportedly deciding between the Mountaineers and joining Mark Stoops at Kentucky. Now he becomes the second running back to transfer to West Virginia this summer, joining former Houston running back Charles Sims.

Suddenly, West Virginia has a promising plan at running back for the future. Sims will use his last year of eligibility in 2013, while Shell sits out due to NCAA transfer rules. Then the former Pittsburgh running back will have three years of eligibility remaining when he returns to the field in 2014.

Shell rushed for 641 yards and four touchdowns on just 141 carries and recorded nine catches for 103 yards as a freshman for Pittsburgh in 2012. Shell's breakout game came in the Panthers' early-season upset of then-No. 13 Virginia Tech. He recorded 23 carries for 157 yards, helping Pitt roll up 537 yards of total offense on the Hokies' normally-stout defense.

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Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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