In the matter of one week, the future of former Pittsburgh Panthers running back Rushel Shell took a bit of a roller coaster ride. After it seemed that he was all but settled with being a part of the UCLA Bruins, he had a sudden change of heart. Following the feeling of indecisiveness, he expressed his angst to return to Pittsburgh following his unceremonious exit back in April. Well, that was shot down rather quickly as head coach Paul Chryst made it known that the former Panther had made his bed and now has to lay in it. There will be no second chance for Shell in Pittsburgh.
So, after all of that, Shell was left with one thing–options. And today, Shell’s mother publicly stated the destinations that her son would possibly like to call home, finally.
In talking to the local Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Shell’s mom noted her son’s interest in the Ohio State Buckeyes, Kentucky Wildcats and West Virginia Mountaineers. All of these schools are a little closer to the family’s Pittsburgh-based home, which is also something of note.
One of the more perplexing issues about Shell’s decision to go all the way out to Los Angeles was the fact that he has infant twin daughters at home. A move a little closer to the Atlantic coast certainly helps in that regard.
Either way, at least according to his mother, those are the three institutions that Shell has an interest in. He’ll visit all three throughout the summer.
Out of these picks, West Virginia may provide the best option. With the Mountaineers recently acquiring the services of former Houston Cougars running back Charles Sims for this one upcoming year, Shell would be able to step right into that slot in the 2014 season when he’s eligible to take the field again. His skill set fits right in with Dana Holgorsen‘s offensive system.
However, while I believe that Morgantown provides the best option, that’s still not to say that he wouldn’t fit in well and be effective at Kentucky or Ohio State neither. Regardless of his head-scratching actions throughout his young career, you can’t deny the impact he has on the field.
Let’s just hope that whatever of these schools he does pick, he’s comfortable with.
Jack is the ACC College Football Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Jack on Twitter @JackJ14RS