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Former Pitt RB Shell to pick new school 'maybe today, maybe tomorrow'

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Saturday, April 13, 2013, 9:06 p.m.

Rushel Shell spoke publicly Saturday for the first time since leaving the Pitt football team, telling the Los Angeles Times that he would decide about transferring to UCLA as soon as this weekend.

Shell attended UCLA's practice and met with the running back he could replace, Johnathan Franklin, who is awaiting the NFL draft.

“He was telling me about the program — how it's about to take off,” Shell said. “He said this is going to be big-time under (coach Jim) Mora.”

While speaking to reporters Saturday afternoon, he said would make his decision “maybe today, maybe tomorrow.”

Pitt cleared Shell to transfer to UCLA or California of the Pac-12, but not Arizona or Arizona State, two other schools he is considering.

“I love it here in Los Angeles,” said Shell, who would have to sit out the 2013 season. “This whole environment is great.”

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