PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
Are we interested in his transfer?
He told reporters in September 2011 that he likely would have chosen Ohio State over Pitt but for the looming sanctions and Tressel's termination/resignation. He'd be a nice big back option once Hyde is gone.
So he would have been in the same class as Ball, and Dunn? Would Ohio State have taken 3 RBs?
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I would be surprised if we were interested. I could be wrong but because we have a stable of running backs and limited scholarships, I would be surprised if we extended one his way.
I just saw this same article and was going to link it.
He didnt want to come here because of the violations before. (And I believe we were his favorite until the sanctions)
So do WE want HIM now? Limited scholarships and a ultra DEEP RB bench would lead me to believe we don't have a spot for him.
Very strange situation. I would love someone with that type of talent, but he has had multiple off-the-field issues throughout his career. He would be a good get for whoever.
I remember seeing him vs Va Tech last year and thinking he was a pretty good back (he went for over 150 yds in that game, if I recall). I haven't kept up with his story/saga. Why is he transferring? Would he have baggage if he came to tOSU? Seems like he would be a viable option if he's not a head case or something.
I'd rather have Hillman or Scott. Just my 2 cents. Why did he want to transfer in the first place?? If we weren't good enough for him first go round, I say, thanks, but no thanks.
good talent, dont want him. I like our backs and would like to recruit for the future and not bring in a transfer...im thinking WVU for this guy (edit: thought MAC).
No! This situation stinks of future off-field and character issues. The way he burned his bridge at Pitt is a red flag.
Not sure how he got duped into playing for Pitt in the first place. OSU already had a big-time talent in BriOnte Dunn coming in and didn't have much need for Shell, kind of like how we stopped persuing Derrick Green this year.
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I guess I share similar sentiments with the rest of these guys. If he were in his senior year of high school and had us in his top three this year, yes I would want him.
But for a school such as Ohio State, I have never been a huge fan of transfers. I believe we have the opportunity to get kids with high level talent every year through recruiting and they would have five years to play four.
In this case we have enough backs, we are not hurting. Even after Hyde and Smith go, we have some solid backs coming in and already present.
Possible character issues + loaded Buckeye backfield = West Virginia
I think this kid (I say kid because he has not proven himself to be a man. Yes, he has two children, but the way in which he acted during and after is college choice solidifes, to me, that he has some serious growing up to do before he is a man) would be a detriment to the football program.
This is all my opinion of course, but I feel like this kid has that issue where he has been handed everything to him on a silver platter throughout his life, that he just expects it, feels as though he is above everything else and everyone else, and that normal rules do not apply to him. He is gifted, there is no doubt about it. He has some outstanding athletic ability, but I feel like he would not be a positive addition to the Ohio State football program.
First impressions are the most important, and he certainly failed with flying colors.
Again, all IMO.
That being said, I hope he changes his ways and gets back on the right path, but that seems much harder to do. I will pull for him to succeed in life, for his daughters' sake. But I am not too certain on it.
I hope I am wrong.
Sounds like this guy we used to know..... Duron Carter. Agreed 100% dubjay, keep this kid away from OSU.
Shell would be nice to have, but once Hyde is gone, we still have Rod Smith....who could be just as good as Hyde. (if he solves the fumbling problem)
ESPN Recruiting Profile / Scout Recruiting Profile (for a bit of a summary of his running style)
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For those interested. No questions about his talent, really. I think he has the makings of an All-American quality RB. The issue is obviously all of the off the field stuff.
I just don't see the need or room to take on a transfer RB.
I could be wrong but I don't remember much mutual interest between the Bucks and Shell. Regardless, we need to stockpile other positions of need now and we don't have any extra schollies for positions we dont need. Once Hyde and Hall graduate, we can start thinking about more RBs.
pass please, no thank you
We're loaded at RB. Maybe if there weren't so many character issues and unwanted baggage Urban would consider it... but this isn't happening.
According to many "journalists," Urban has a quota of guys with character issues that he must fulfill. So maybe that means he does end up on the team??
I'd say pass. We're incredibly tight on scholarships and RB is not an area of need at all.
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I looked at the comments at the bottom, how about this d-bag extraordinaire:
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Go to the Nutz so Dirty Urb can teach you how to become a murderer.
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Go to the Nutz so Dirty Urb can teach you how to become a murderer.
I'm just happy to be here
Yes, because Urban has a lot to do with a player's character and actions once he is playing in the NFL for several years (Sarcastic Font). I did read several articles referencing multiple failed drug tests and some not so appropriate behavior while at Florida which inevitably caused his draft stock to drop. New England took a chance in the 4th round and got a 1st round talent. Doesn't seem to matter anymore though. Funny how New England's offensive strength was their TE's and now with Hernandez off the team and Gronk injured it is looking like a real weakness.
Enter in one of my favorite Buckeyes - Jake Ballard.
we do not need his attitude, and RB is perhaps are strongest position at the moment
A couple of additional notes: While we appear "packed" at running back right now, Shell wouldn't be available until 2014 and would have three years remaining. Meaning he'd be a junior when Hall, Hyde and Smith would be long gone. Are you saying you wouldn't take a 5-star RB to go along with Dunn, Ball and Campbell? I haven't seen enough of Dunn to say that I think our future is secure in his hands. That's for sure.
Also, keep in mind Urban Meyer loves to "turn around" young men gone astray. If this kid (who seems to value family) has a good heart, I would not be surprised to Urban want him at Ohio State.
That said, he has all the makings of a Mountaineer, to me.
Don't forget we have Ezekiel Elliot who is a RB for the 13 class. Also Dontre Wilson could play some RB too.
I didn't forget - but I think I've heard enough from the staff that those are "pivot" guys to be convinced that, though they can carry the ball, we need to look at them as receivers first.
Zeke would not be considered a "pivot guy". He is a complete running back to the "T". Just over 6 ft and 212 pounds. He has the ability to run in between the tackles. He may start off as a slot/pivot guy but once the RB depth chart sorts itself out (Hyde & Hall leave), he is all running back. Just my humble opinion.
he has no reason to stay after 2014 if he performs
I guess I'm going against the grain, but I'd love to have him. He's a supreme talent, that's for sure. The off the field stuff doesn't bother me so much because it isn't like he's getting arrested for drugs or assaulting people. Also, he'd be here through 2016. After Hyde and Hall leave this year, I can't say I feel 100% confident in Dunn and Smith going forward. I like Dunn considerably more than Smith, so thinking of the idea of Dunn/Shell in the backfield seems crazy scary to me. I'd love it.
The only thing I can say on this is... Everyone seemed to be happy about Jeff Greene walking on which is more of a transfer, as he will probably be getting a scholarship next year. Similar situation where he has to come in prove himself and compete for a spot on the team. He had character issues and "some growing up to do". But there is no denying Snell was an absolute stud coming out of high school. Alabama, Georgia, LSU. Those backfields were deep. We arent quite there yet but you throw n Snell to the group and man o man.... Skys the limit.
Something I havent seen anyone mention is that hes already got a year of playing time in, then if he were to transfer here he would have to sit out this upcoming season, and then lets assume he has a relatively great "junior" (redshirt soph) campaign. Then he bolts to the NFL because hes got his three years since highschool under his belt. This team as it stands isn't in a place to need to leverage the future for the potential gain of a year. Theres too much talent on the chart and too much need elsewhere. I wish him luck though as he does have twins and hopefully he can make a living out of football if that's what he wants to do.
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