Rushel Shell to UCLA looks like just a matter of time
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t appears to be only a matter of time before Rushel Shell is officially a UCLA Bruin.
He told the Los Angeles Times at the Bruins’ practice on Saturday that he could have a decision “maybe today, maybe tomorrow.”
Though nothing has been announced yet, it looks like that decision could be imminent. On Saturday, he tweeted that he loved his visit, and reiterated that same message to the Times.
“I love it here in Los Angeles,” Shell said. “This whole environment is great.”
Shell spent time with former Bruin running back Jonathan Franklin, who is awaiting the NFL Draft.
“He was telling me about the program — how it’s about to take off,” Shell said. “He said this is going to be big-time under [Coach Jim] Mora.”
Shell was No. 1 on the Pitt depth chart through the first six practice sessions this spring. He pulled himself from drills March 22 with a undisclosed leg injury and never returned. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Shell was unhappy with “how the coaching staff was handling him.”
The Aliquippa, Pa. native was one of the nation’s most highly-recruited running backs in 2012, and chose the Panthers over Alabama. He rushed for 641 yards as a freshman playing behind then-senior Ray Graham.
Shell aannounced his intention to transfer on April 2, initially requested permission to transfer to either UCLA, Cal, Arizona or Arizona State.
Pitt blocked him from Arizona and Arizona State, both of whom have multiple coaches that were members of the Panthers staff that originally recruited Shell.
Cal no longer appears to be an option.
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