The Mountaineers won out, but it's unclear how much of a battle there actually was for Shell's services.
Shell, who rushed for a state-record 9,078 yards in four seasons at Hopewell, became one of the top running back recruits in the country. He went to Pitt to stay close to his twin daughters and rushed for 641 yards and four touchdowns as a true freshman.
He'll have to sit out this season at West Virginia due to NCAA transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2014.
The Mountaineers will likely have smaller and quicker running backs Andrew Buie and Dustin Garrison on the roster, but will certainly have plenty of room for the bigger and more powerful Shell.