True freshman linebacker Josh Shirley, booted from UCLA before his first practice, is transferring to Washington, Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian announced Thursday. Shirley will join the Huskies when players report to fall camp on Aug. 8.
Shirley, a Fontana, Calif., native who was ranked the No. 19 outside linebacker in the country by ESPN Recruiting, was one of three Bruins recruits who were kicked off the team last month after being arrested for allegedly stealing a purse.
"We are very aware of the circumstances surrounding Josh," Sarkisian said in a statement. "We have done our due diligence and truly feel that this is not indicative of his true character or the way that he was raised."
Shirley would figure to be an immediate candidate to start. While the Huskies welcome back two starting linebackers, the strongside outside linebacker spot remained unclaimed after spring practices. Sarkisian's staff had moved two former safeties there, Alvin Logan and Victor Aiyewa, to address a lack of depth.