Mike White | 9:05 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26
Hopewell standout running back Rushel Shell is only a freshman. But something happened lrecently that shows what some people think of his potential, and also how early some colleges start recruiting players.
Shell said Pitt offered him a scholarship last week. Although players can't sign a binding letter of intent until February of their senior years, schools can offer a scholarship any time they want. It's not in writing, but the scholarship offer can be made verbally.
By next summer, you can bet Shell will have a few more scholarship offers. He's that good. Shell rushed for more than 1,500 yards this season, and had three consecutive 200-yard games at one point.
How good will Shell be in the future? He is loaded with potential, but his value will be determined by a few things. First, his work ethic. Secondly how big he gets. He already is well-built at 5-11, 209 pounds. There is a possibility he could get too big to play halfback.
Elsewhere in recruiting, some schools are still recruiting some players who have committed elsewhere. North Allegheny lineman Ryan Schlieper is expected to attend the Pitt-West Virginia game Friday. Schlieper has made a verbal commitment to Maryland. Pitt hasn't offered him a scholarship, but the Panthers have stayed in touch with Schlieper and still might go after him if a few other possible recruits fall through.
Also, Gateway defensive end B.J. Stevens has made a verbal commitment to Miami (Ohio). But Stevens said a Florida State assistant recently sent him a text message, saying that if there is a coaching change at Miami, the Seminoles might start recruiting him.