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Huskies land touted Shirley amid theft charges

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on July 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm with 2 Comments »
July 23, 2010 9:17 am

Turns out the Washington Huskies got their man – just 5 1/2 months later than first hoped.

Josh Shirley, one of the coveted “hybrid” defenders on the West Coast from Kaiser High School (Calif.), and a News Tribune “Western 100″ selection for 2010, has signed with the Huskies.

Just 3 1/2 weeks ago, UCLA – the school Shirley chose on national letter of intent day in February over Southern California and the UW – released the linebacker/defensive end after theft charges were filed against he and two other Bruins.

Those charges are still pending in Southern California.

In recent days, rumors swirled that Shirley might be close to signing at the UW. On Thursday, Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian made it official.

“We are very aware of the circumstances surrounding Josh,” said Sarkisian through a statement released by the university. “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. We are excited about the opportunity Josh has to excel on the football field, in the classroom and in his personal life in our environment, around our people at the University of Washington.”

Shirley was certainly a signing-day target in February, but the Huskies lost out on him. They did grab safety Sean Parker, out of Narbonne High, as a late get.

The signing of Shirley gives the UW 17 California signees in the 2010 recruiting class. Fall camp begins Aug. 8.

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  1. It was a very short time ago when all you could read out of the University of Washington was how bad The University of Oregon was for tolerating thugs and the constant drum beat of Thug University. Now it is apparent that the University of Washington will do anything to try and field a team that can win. Now it is time for the drum beat UW thug University. It appears that Sark the Snark is worse than Lane Kiffin, your ex so called coach now at UCLA and Don James all rolled up in one ball of Dog Fecal.

  2. getALife996 says:

    Lol at the above post. I hardly think signing one player with legal issues compares to the Ducks, where the QB is cut for stealing computers from the school, the RB is suspended almost a year for taking a cheap shot at another player (in his defense though, I do think if you’re going to talk cr@p (Boise State player), you should be able to deal with the consequences), you got the other RB arrested for domestic violence, linebackers suspended for a season for DUI (unfortunately, this probably happens in alot of places though, in your defense – meaning DUI’s), and the KICKER is even in trouble for assault. That was just to name a few of their problems recently.

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