UCLA Football: Former Pittsburgh RB Rushel Shell to join Bruins

Former Pitt RB Rushel Shell will transfer to UCLA

4/17/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Former Pittsburgh running back Rushel Shell will transfer to UCLA, according to 247Sports.Blog Photo - UCLA Football: Former Pittsburgh RB Rushel Shell to join Bruins

Shell, a sophomore-to-be, rushed for 641 yards and four touchdowns for the Panthers in 2012 as a backup to Ray Graham. He was expected to be the starter this fall but took some time away from football to “work through some challenges” before announcing his departure.

"I went out [to UCLA] this weekend and I just couldn't find any reason not to go there," Shell said. "That's what I went out there thinking and it all fit for me. UCLA was the right place for me and I'm ready to get out there."

UCLA and Shell are a match made in heaven. The Bruins will likely replace star tailback Johnathan Franklin with redshirt senior Damien Thigpen – a shifty scatback whose season was cut short due to an ACL injury.

Due to NCAA transfer rules, Shell will have to sit this upcoming season out, but can practice with the scout team and learn the system so that he can take over in 2014.

By then, the Bruins could have one of the most dangerous offensive attacks in all of college football – his presence in the backfield just makes it all the more explosive.

ESPN Recruiting ranked Shell as the third-best running back and the No. 26 player overall coming out of high school for the recruiting class of 2012.

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