LB Shirley bolts UCLA for Washington

Washington may have solved a problem at outside linebacker, courtesy of UCLA and an allegedly snatched purse.

Touted true freshman linebacker Josh Shirley, one of three Bruins recruits who were kicked off the team last month after being arrested for allegedly stealing a purse, has decided to transfer to Washington and will report for fall camp on Aug. 8.

A Fontana, Calif., native, Shirley was ranked the No. 19 outside linebacker in the country by ESPN Recruiting and was heavily recruited by Washington before picking UCLA, which released Shirley from his letter of intent after booting him from the team.

"We are very aware of the circumstances surrounding Josh," Washington coach Steve 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.

You can read Washington's official release, which includes a bio here.

And here's the Seattle Times report.