Shell transfers to UCLA

The Bruins got a much-needed piece with the addition of transfer running back Rushel Shell. The former Pitt running back visited UCLA over the weekend and couldn't find a reason why he didn't want to play for the rising power.

"I went out there 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."

Shell said the relationship with position coach Steve Broussard was vital to his decision.

"I got real close with him in the last two weeks which was big for me," he said. "He's a former first round back in the NFL so I'm going to listen to him. I felt real good playing for him and coach (Jim) Mora and that's another big part of my decision."

His plan is to enroll at the end of June and help on the scout team as he's forced to sit out a year with the transfer.

"I just want to make my team better and I'll give them good practice as the scout back. I'm real excited about my new opportunity and this fresh start."

After some misses on the recruiting trail and the shortfall of Craig Lee and his admittance, Shell was a much needed addition to the roster.

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