And then there were two

A prized recruit faced the biggest decision of his life. Then it suddenly got bigger.

Updated: January 26, 2012, 3:04 PM ET
By Molly Knight | ESPN The Magazine

SHE KNEW HER BOY WAS SPECIAL when he lived to see his 2nd birthday. A year earlier, Rushel Shell III had spent seven days in the ICU after a common respiratory bug morphed into a nightmare that almost took his life. That's the first story Toni Zuccaro tells people when they ask her what it's like to have a star running back for a son, as if she's still trying to wrap her brain around the idea that her sick infant inexplicably grew into an 18-year-old athletic phenom.

She ...

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