Former Pitt Running Back Rushel Shell Considering Ohio State

By Kyle Rowland on June 27, 2013 at 1:07p
Future Buckeye?

Friday night update: Ohio State no longer in the mix.


Former Pitt running back Rushel Shell first moved on to UCLA but had a change of heart and expressed an interest in returning to the Panthers. Head coach Paul Chryst shut him down, and now Shell must find a new school to continue his playing career. According to his mother, Ohio State is in the mix

The former high school All-American has a list of three school he's interested in attending: Ohio State, Kentucky and West Virginia. Shell's intentions are staying close to his Hopewell, Pa., home because he has 16-month-old twin daughters. 

In one season at Pitt, Shell rushed for 641 yards as a backup. Shell, 6-foot and 220 pounds, was a five-star recruit after setting Pennsylvania high school rushing records. 


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SilverBulletNYC's picture

No thanks.

The South will NOT rise again!

Grayskullsession's picture

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

Dean's picture

Why all the negativity?

Cincinnati Mac's picture

His history. Committed to Pitt because he had twin daughters and didn't want to go too far away. This was after OSU was his favorite, until the sanctions. Then Alabama was, but he didn't go there because of distance. So he plays 1 year at Pitt and is scheduled to be the starter this season and doesn't show for spring practice. Decides to transfer. Was looking @ ASU but Pitt denied that. Was going to go to UCLA then decided against it. Tried to return to Pitt but they said thanks but no thanks. (Understandably) So now he wants to come here? (Possibly)
I'd prefer to pass at this point. Give a scholarship to someone who's certain in their interest.

Maestro's picture

Latwan Anderson is shaking his head.

vacuuming sucks

BUCK-I-FAN's picture

whatever happened to Latwan?

otrain2416's picture

I was actually curious a while back what happened to him and checked it out. He obviously left thug U I think he was suppose to go to Cincy but couldn't qualify academically to Cincy if that tells u how bad his grades were. He then was suppose to go to East Mississippi and room with OSUs Corey Smith but went to Eastern Arizona instead and played there last year. Curious if he'll ever qualify for D1 we definitely dodged a bullet on that one.

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

doodah_man's picture

Sounds like he needs a "tour" T-Shirt....

Jim "DooDah" Day

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

If he didn't inform his coaches that he wasn't showing up for spring practice, that's wrong. The rest of it is typical recruiting stuff. When people say "character issues", I expect something more than him just being indecisive.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Unky Buck's picture

Read my comment below. There's a little more to that than just not showing up to spring practice. It seems to be a whole slew of issues compounding together that led to him not being welcomed back to Pitt.

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

yoderdame's picture

I don't have a cool pic but I agree with everyone else so far. He may have Ohio State on his list but I doubt Ohio State feels the same. Big difference between where he'd like to go and where he'd actually be taken.

Hovenaut's picture

Don't see it. WVU sounds right for him.

E2Brutus's picture

Yes. The Mountaineers would love this kid. Too much class in Columbus.

Firmthyfriendship's picture

Now kids this is why it is important to abstain or at the very least to wrap that wedding tackle up. You have plenty of time before you need to be locked down with kids. Enjoy life and freedom to choose where you want to go to school, and then when the time is right settle down and get yourself a few rugrats to go to games with. Having said that, I do wish him the best of luck for him and his young girls.

ATXbucknut's picture

"Wedding tackle."  Nice.

AndyVance's picture

I'm going to play the Devil's Advocate for a minute: the concerns of all listed above are fair and valid, but I'd wager that most of us don't really have enough information to determine accurately if Shell is really an off-the-field problem waiting to happen, or if he's learned from his past screw-ups/flip-flops on the recruiting trail... I'm a sucker for reformed sinner stories, so it he's found his way to the straight and narrow, he may be worth a shot.
I guess that's why they pay Urban the big bucks - to sort through questions like this one...

bgohio22's picture

One of the many reasons I enjoy the commentary of ANDYVANCE: logic and metered thought.
It's never good to brand a 19 year old (one whom none of us know) in a difficult situation as a bad kid.
That said, if anyone can give Shell his best chance on / off the field it's Urb or WVU Dana. 
Hope for Shell he gets the chance somewhere and does his best, whether it's at tOSU or not.

AndyVance's picture

Thanks, BG - I don't know the kid's life story, which is kind of the point. Now given the concerns about the number of schollies available and the plethora of running backs we have in the stable, taking a pass on Shell might make sense. I just don't like seeing us so down on a kid because he's made a series of well-publicized missteps in the recruiting and transfer process.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Refreshing commentary. Thanks given to you both. 

Read my entire screen name....

USMC11917's picture

But that is the whole point of the internet...expression without accountability!! Cowards in the world rejoice!!

Phillips.449's picture

If anyone listens to Dave Ramsey you would have heard him say this before.  ALL TEENS are temporarily brain damaged because of hormones coursing through their bodies.  If Urban takes him in, I trust him to coach him on the field and off.  Let's see what happens.

buckeyedude's picture

If Dave Ramsey posted that on 11W, he'd be downvoted into oblivion. Oh well, I think he said he is a Tennessee Volunteer fan anyway.



Oyster's picture

Dave Ramsey is correct.  I have a soon to be 18 year old and he is a certifiable NUT! Even if you take girls out of the equation he is still nuts.  Don't get me wrong, he's a good kid, but so was Raymond Babbitt.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

osu07asu10's picture

Agree with everything except Holgersen being able to give him the best chance off the field...
Anytime you have Bob Huggins playing Dad and coming to pick you up from a casino because you're trashed (again, Bob Huggin, more sober than you) you may not be the best role model for youngsters

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Jdadams01's picture

Don't think Urban would take him.

Squirrel Master's picture

I just don't think there will be space where he will be happy with his role, because I doubt he starts over Rod Smith next year and Dunn and Ball the following year or two, and really we all know Urban will be bringing in a few backs in the coming years that could surpass him also. He might have been a higher rated RB than Eze is but Eze will be that much more competition.
something tells me he is looking for a chance to get right back to where he was at Pitt, a starter. He won't get that at OSU.

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Enzo's picture

WV or Kentucky can have him.

SilverBulletNYC's picture

I would rather use a scholarship next year on Jacques Patrick than Shell.

The South will NOT rise again!

Mi.Buckeye's picture

The fact that Pitts HC denied him from returning makes me wonder.
Maurice Clarett 2.0 ?

Unky Buck's picture

I emailed one of my best friends, who went to Pitt, to find out what the deal was with him. Here is what he said.

Ya he pretty much seems like another Clarett. Great talent but lacks a work ethic or common sense.  On Pittsburgh sports radio they were saying he was challenging a sports radio host to fight on twitter. He just doesn't get it.  Stupidity like that is why Pitt had no interest in him coming back. He basically kept getting "injuries" during the spring and last fall, but then wanted to play in the games.  Always a bad sign too when you are suspended from your very first game as a true freshman.

Now, I could argue with him on Clarett's football work ethic, but outside of that, it's hard to question much about how outsiders perceive Clarett back in the day. I responded to him saying that I wish he would take up the new Clarett instead of the old and it's a shame if doesn't given that he has a family now.
By the sounds of it, the kid sounds like a load of trouble and I wish him well and hope he can get some things figured out, but don't want him near our football team.

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

What did the radio host say about him to cause this?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Unky Buck's picture

I can't find anything specific and since I'm at my office, I'm not going to waste any more time trying to find it. From what I could gather when piecing together various bits that I saw, Mark Madden was definitely trolling (apparently he's a royal douche) and made a comment about Shell and how he was leaving his kids behind to go to UCLA and that it was a completely selfish move, according to Madden. Obviously Shell didn't take too kindly to it and he ended up getting in a Twitter war with him that also involved Shell's mother, aunt, and uncle. This apparently went on for quite some time and Shell "could've handled this in a much better way" according to many of the commentariate throughout the various sites. That really isn't the only thing that happened with him, though. In the various blogs I ran across, there wasn't a nice thing that could be said about him as a teammate or person in general.

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

RBuck's picture

Two schools already. How long would he be here, one month?

Long live the southend.

2014nationalchamps's picture

why would he come here? The depth chart does not look to tantilizing and he would never be our feature back.  However, if he wants to come and sit out a yr, we could have room for him next season. 

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GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

My guess is Kentucky.  We are set at RB and he knows this. West Virginia would be the logical choice, but they run a spread pass happy game even though they landed Houston transfer RB Charles Sims(eligible this year), But he will be gone next year and the depth chart looks favorable there. I see him at Kentucky because they run a more traditional style running game which Shell is built for. Lexington isn't as close as Morgantown, but it's a better fit.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Deadly Nuts's picture

Give him to PSU...


theDuke's picture

Ummm, has he seen the depth chart at RB? Not saying he will NEVER see the field but he will never see the field. We're pretty set with RBs right now.


BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

I'm 32 and I have a 1 year old. I don't see how kids these days don't know how to use protection.

buckeyedude's picture

What I'd like to know is how a kid goes to school, plays D-1 football, and then tries to take care of his own kids too?



osu07asu10's picture


Look at Tank. Went to school, D-1 B-ball, and took care of his daughter

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hodge's picture

Character issues aside, is he that much better than any RB in this class that he'll do more in three years than they could do in four?  Our depth is rich enough that we don't need a guy to start immediately, so he'll have to be an exceptional talent to overcome that extra year he's lost. 
Granted, he just might be--but that's the question Urbz has to ask himself. 

Unky Buck's picture

I left a post up above, but a part of my email to my friend was stating this same issue. We have so many talented RB's as it is already. Even by the time he is eligible, we still have 5-6 very talented guys that have been here and are established in the system. I just don't see why we would want to use a scholly on a kid who has already shown to be trouble and when he may not be better than any RB currently on our roster.

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

twalsh's picture

I hear that Kentucky is looking for a few players to help out on their APR for next year, but stay away from Tennessee.

GoBucksToledo's picture

I think we're good at that position, thanks anyway.

buckeyedude's picture

If I'm Urban Meyer(and I'm not), and OSU wasn't so deep at running back, I'd be a fool to at least not to talk to the kid. As it is, we're stacked at running back.
I heard the Bowling Green State University Falcons are looking for a power running back though.
One person with a bad attitude can ruin the entire atmosphere for everyone. I've seen it happen in at my work.



buck-I.8's picture

I would like OSU, and Urban Meyer to both be distancing themselves as far from this type of character as possible to reverse stigmas created by the past. I'm not sure the staff would accept his transfer anyhow

pjtobin's picture

Good luck to him. What ever he does. I got a feeling he won't be wearing s&g. But if he did I would welcome him. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

SoDakBuckeyeFan's picture

If I remember right we would probably have one less crystal ball if it wasn't for Maurice Clarett. If he doesn't strip the ball back from Sean Taylor in that title game it probably would have ended different. These are 18 & 19 year old kids. I know I wasn't making the best decisions at that point in my life. Maybe our stacked backfield would force him to put in the work at practice. Hard to get noticed when El Guapo is at the front of the line. Foolish not to consider it. 


Jonnferrell's picture

A case of another talented young person not making the best decisions--but he still has great opportunities.  Playing at OSU is probably not one of those opportunities, now.  But the reason they call them learning experiences is that learning takes place.  Coach Chryst has demonstrated that some opportunities can be squandered.  I'm thinking that Rushel will take advantage of the next one that comes his way.  Good luck to him!

"I miss Brady Hoke."

ScarletGray43157's picture

Whew.  Is OSU desperate for a RB, desperate enough to take a risk on this one?  

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

OurHonorDefend09's picture

Exactly. I mean, I know not every HS player wants to come play for Urban, but damn. Seems like OSU has had their pick of several great running backs each class, so why ruin a good thing going here?
Thanks, but no thanks.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

pasadena buckeye's picture

I'm glad everyone agrees we don't need to take a risk like this or piss off current RBs and recruits.  We're still trying to clean up the PR damage from the last two years.

Pasadena Buckeye


I agree with what Hodge and Squirrel Master said. Is this guy better than what we already have? If not he's going to come in and be No. 4 on the depth chart. Would that cause him to leave a month or two later, perhaps right in the middle of the season? His pattern of behavior suggests yes. Does the staff want to even fool with that kind of a distraction?

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Hovenaut's picture

If Urban and staff are considering adding a RB, I hope he's from high school.

Derrell Scott tops that list imo....again if adding a RB is even being considered (Scott would definitely be worth considering, and he is interested in OSU).

Denny's picture

It would be kind of cool to have him on the team if only because we could make lots of jokes about his name.


Unky Buck's picture

Someone must also make a Rigatoni Rushel

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