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UCLA football: Running back Rushel Shell won’t transfer to UCLA

Pittsburgh running back Rushel Shell (4) runs against Cincinnati last season.
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Running back Rushel Shell has decided not to transfer to UCLA because he wants to remain close to his Pennsylvania home, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to speak on the subject.

Shell announced in April that he intended to come to UCLA. He had spent one season at Pittsburgh, where he gained 614 yards rushing.

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But Shell, who has twin daughters living in Pennsylvania, decided the distance was too great. He hopes to rejoin the Pittsburgh team.

Shell was one of the top running backs in the nation as a senior at Aliquippa (Pa.) Hopewell High, where he gained a state-record 9,078 yards in his career.

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