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Rushel Shell

  • Running Back
  • Aliquippa, PA (Hopewell )
  • Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 215
  • Age: 20 yrs 7 mo
  • 2013 - ...
  • West Virginia Mountaineers

  • Year: Sophomore



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HIGH SCHOOL: One of the country's most sought-after running backs...rated the nation's No. 3 running back and No. 26 overall prospect on the ESPNU 150 list...rated the country's No. 4 running back by Scout and No. 6 by Rivals...rated the nation's No. 10 overall prospect by Tom Lemming...USA TODAY first team All-USA...Sports Illustrated and ESPNHS All-American...finished his career as the most prolific rusher in Pennsylvania four seasons at Hopewell, Shell rushed for a state-record 9,078 yards on 1,107 carries (8.2 avg.)...scored 110 career touchdowns, the most in WPIAL history...set a national record with 39 consecutive 100-yard games, eclipsing former Oklahoma Sooners great Billy Sims' mark of 38 set in 1975...Shell rushed for 200 yards or more in 25 44 career contests, he averaged 206 yards per game...rushed for more than 2,000 yards in each of his final three a senior, rushed for 2,312 yards on 311 attempts (7.4 avg.) and scored 28 touchdowns...his junior year he totaled 2,510 yards and 32 TDs...rushed for 2,740 yards as a sophomore and 1,516 as a freshman...the very first time he touched the ball as a high school freshman, Shell ran 55 yards for a touchdown...four-time Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Class AAA selection, including first-team honors his final three years...Pennsylvania Sports Writers and Pennsylvania Football News Class AAA Player of the Year...two-time Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Player of the Year...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Player of the Year...Beaver County Times and Tribune-Review Male Athlete of the Year...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette West Male Athlete of the Year...two-time winner of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association's "Mercury Award," annually presented to the High School Player of the Year...Shell was presented the Mercury Award by legendary Pitt coach John Majors...led Hopewell to four WPIAL Class AAA playoff berths, including a title game appearance his sophomore year...the Vikings went a combined 33-13 (.717) during his career...selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, which showcased 100 of the country's premier senior players at Chase Field in Phoenix...also chosen to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...went to the same high school that produced famed Pitt running back Tony Dorsett...Hopewell's home field is named "Tony Dorsett Stadium"...played under Coach Dave Vestal...also lettered in basketball.


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