Former top WPIAL recruit Rushel Shell has decided to transfer. In my opinion, at this point, it's for the best. On the field, Shell was injury prone, out of shape, and was having trouble learning how to be an all around running back. Even if he did physically got better and ran for a lot of yards, it was clear that mentally he does not have what it takes to be a feature running back. Being a cancer on the team would negate a 1,200 yard season. The Panthers are better off with Issac Bennett and Malcolm Crockett combining for the same 1,200 yards, and being great teammates,
Pitt will be better in the long run. I know maybe people think that the team will be worse off this year, but we don't know that for sure. When people think of Shell they are thinking of a 1,200 yard rusher this season who will always be there to get the tough yards. The reality is quite different. He's proven that he's not somebody that can be counted on and for that reason he was never going to be what Pitt fans think he will be.
Bottom line, there are many reasons why a kid would transfer, and most of them are for understandable reasons. However, I see no good reason why Shell would transfer. One cannot say that it's because of his home life because Pitt is already the closest school to home. And one cannot say it's because of playing time because he was already a starter. He didn't leave to help his NFL stock either. His NFL stock will be damaged, not to mention his personal reputation. That means Shell leave for petty reasons and somebody like that is better off not being in the program because cancer spreads.