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Reports: Rushel Shell to visit UCLA

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Shortly after it was confirmed that running back Rushel Shell would be transferring from Pitt, Joe Schad of ESPN reported that two schools on Shell’s new wish list — Arizona and Arizona State — would not be able to benefit from his services. At least not without a university hearing or with a grant-in-aid. ┬áThe reason? Former Pitt coach Todd Graham currently coaches at ASU, and several former Panther assistants now coach under Rich Rodriguez at Arizona.

But two other Pac-12 schools — Cal and UCLA — were expected to be given the thumbs up. According to both the LA Times and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Shell is already planning a visit to UCLA today. There was no word from either publication on Shell’s intentions to visit Cal, if there are any. If Shell were to transfer to any Division 1 program, he would have to sit out one year to satisfy NCAA regulations before being eligible in 2014.

Shell was Pitt’s second-leading rusher with 641 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman last season.

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4 Responses to “Reports: Rushel Shell to visit UCLA”
  1. lew24 says: Apr 12, 2013 3:52 PM

    I think this is a done deal….because he is running out of options! He’s blocked from going to the Arizonas and Cal is not interested.

  2. ahugusf says: Apr 12, 2013 3:58 PM

    messed up that coaches can block him from going to the coach he originally signed with, yet coaches can freely come and go, why can’t presidents approve transfers? C’mon kid, fight for a hearing.
    Gooo O’Bannon, bust up this organized fraud

  3. cyraider says: Apr 12, 2013 5:32 PM

    How can a college kid who lives in Pittsburgh afford to take a tour of the West coast two weeks before finals????

  4. pdcooper08 says: Apr 13, 2013 4:45 PM

    They can afford to take an official recruiting to a school because they don’t have to pay a dime.

    UCLA will be footing the bill as they are recruiting him. He is a free agent so to speak like a HS senior would be. He is free to take recruiting trips and sign where he is offered and chooses. He’s just being blocked at having either Arizona school as a choice.

    What Cal is saying is, they are not interested an unwilling to invest in paying for him to visit there campus.

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