Shell Commits to UCLA

Pittsburgh running back transfer Rushel Shell committed to UCLA on Monday after visiting practice on Saturday...

Pittsburgh running back transfer Rushel Shell committed to UCLA on Monday after visiting campus this past Saturday, according to sources. Shell played one season with the Panthers before electing to transfer.

Jim Mora, Lou Spanos, and Steve Broussard were key in the recruitment of the 6'0, 215 pound Shell.

Pittsburgh did not release him to Arizona State (likely because of former coach Todd Graham) or Arizona(because former Pittsburgh staffers are among the coaching staff) but didn't put any restriction on the Bruins. California was reportedly also under consideration.

A Pennsylvania native, Shell originally committed to Pittsburgh over to be near his twin daughters. We've heard some talk that there is a possibility that Shell could qualify for a hardship waiver and be eligible this season. If not, he'd redshirt for 2013 and be a redshirt sophomore for the 2014 season.

Shell was Pitt's second-leading rusher behind Ray Graham, rushing for 641 yards and four touchdowns on the season. He had a breakout game, in just his second collegiate game--157 yards against Virginia Tech . His other top performances for the year came against Louisville , where he rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown, and against Ole Miss where he rushed for 76 yards in his first collegiate start.

He was suspended for Pitt's season-opener just hours before kickoff for a violation of team rules. Shell also had to battle a nagging back injury that kept him limited in practices and games throughout the year, and also kept his game reps sporadic.

If he were eligible to play this season, he would have an immediate impact on the running back rotation, which is currently without a clear starter.

Shell was a five star prospect coming out of high school, rushing for 9,078 yards during his high school career. Scout.com had Shell ranked the #4 running back in the nation for 2012. Check out his clips from high school:


One run at Pitt:



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