Highly-touted Rushel Shell staying home?

"Sources close to his recruiting" have informed the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that ESPNU 150 running back Rushel Shell (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) is expected to announce for Pitt Friday morning.

Shell reportedly made his decision over the summer. Alabama was his other finalist. He's visited the Panthers numerous times but has not traveled to Tuscaloosa.

Ohio State, Florida, North Carolina and Oregon were also under consideration earlier in the process. His other offers include Auburn, Penn State, Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee.

Shell, the WPIAL's all-time leading rusher, has amassed 1,059 yards in five games this season.

He is the No. 24-rated player in the Class of 2012 according to ESPNU.