UPDATE: Former Pitt running back Rushel Shell's future uncertain
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t looks like Pitt running back Rushel Shell won’t be transferring to UCLA after all.
Shell, who announced in April that he planned to transfer to UCLA, has decided to remain at Pitt and hopes to rejoin the team, a source told the Los Angeles Times.
The rising sophomore has twin daughters and reportedly wants to remain close to his Pennsylvania home.
Shell was one of the top running backs in the nation as a senior at Hopewell High School in Aliquippa, Pa. He rushed for a state-record 9,078 yards in his career.
He rushed for 641 yards as a freshman playing behind senior Ray Graham in his first season with the Panthers.
No. 1 on Pitt’s depth chart through the first six practices this spring, Shell pulled himself from drills March 22 with a undisclosed leg injury and never returned. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Shell was unhappy with “how the coaching staff was handling him.”
Shell initially requested permission to transfer to either UCLA, Cal, Arizona or Arizona State.
Pitt blocked him from Arizona and Arizona State, both of whom have multiple coaches that were members of the Panthers staff that originally recruited Shell.
Photo: Keith Srakocic / Associated Press
UPDATE: It doesn’t look like returning to Pitt will be an option for Shell, either.
“Shell will not be returning to Pitt, according to a source with knowledge of the situation,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Sam Werner tweeted Monday afternoon.
Per Werner’s source, Paul Chryst’s staff “never seriously entertained the option of Shell returning.”
With that, Shell’s future is once again up in the air.
Regardless of this transfer fiasco, plenty of schools will be interested in a back with Shell’s talent and credentials. But, at least as of now, it remains to be seen where he’ll land.