Former Pitt running back Rushel Shell confirmed this afternoon he will take a recruiting visit to West Virginia on Monday July 22 to see if the program is a good fit for him.
“Just taking a visit to see if it’s a good fit for myself,” said Shell. “I just know they were a good team last year. And some of the guys (on the team) there, I played against in high school.”
Shell said he has no other visits planned for next week but does plan on visiting Kentucky at some point before making a decision prior to preseason camp.
Shell was recruited by West Virginia assistant Tony Gibson when he worked for Pitt and said that relationship has helped in this process.
“I already know him personally,” said Shell.
The West Virginia backfield is not short on talent this upcoming season.
The Mountaineers return Dustin Garrison and Andrew Buie, will debut junior college recruit Dreamius Smith, and have landed former Houston running back Charles Sims, a transfer who is immediately eligible and has one year remaining.
Shell would have to sit out a year, but said that competition would not deter him.
“I feel like no matter where you go there’s going to be guys just as good as you no matter if you want it more than they do,” said Shell. “It’s not coming in to disrespect them. You’re just doing what you love. I feel like I’m doing what I was put on this earth to do.”
Shell said he has been working out at his former high school Hopewell High School and looks forward to the visit.