By Bob Hertzel
Times West Virginian
West Virginia University may be able to land another proven top-of-the-line running back this summer.
Pitt’s Rushel Shell, considered one of the top running back recruits in last year’s recruiting class, is considering transferring to WVU, Kentucky or Ohio State, according to his mother, talking to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Shell attended Pitt last year and playing as a backup to Ray Graham rushed for 610 yards and four touchdowns.
During the off-season Shell announced he was going to transfer to UCLA and was given a release by Pitt to transfer there, but backed out of the deal with UCLA because he did not want to be a continent away from his 16-month-old twin daughters.
When he asked Pitt if he could return, he was turned down.
Shell had offers from West Virginia and Ohio State out of Hopewell High School.
If Shell transfers on the Division I level he must sit out a season.
WVU has already obtained one major transfer running back in Charles Sims, who transferred after graduating from Houston and can use his one year of eligibility immediately as a graduate transfer.
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West Virginia University senior runner Sarah-Anne Brault has been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America women’s track and cross country second team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
This is the second time in her career that Brault has been named to the Academic All-America second team. Brault placed 10th in the 10,000-meter run at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and went on to be named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America second team.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native is a four-time letter winner in cross country and track and field and also qualified for the NCAA cross country championship all four years. She is a three-time All-Mid Atlantic Region honoree in cross country and was named all-conference the past two seasons. Brault was first alternate in the triathlon for Canada at the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.
Brault graduated with a 3.93 GPA and received a degree in economics in 2012 and finance in 2013. Brault finished her career as a Mountaineer in May with a 28th-place finish in the 10,000-meter run at the 2013 NCAA East Preliminary.
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