The #12 OLB in the Class of 2010, Shirley was kicked off UCLA's football team last month for his involvement in a purse-stealing incident along with Shaquille and Paul Richardson. Reports make it sound like Josh used bad judgment, but was mostly in the wrong place at the wrong time.
While it's a little peculiar that Coach Sark would kick a player off the team one day (Kavario Middleton) and sign a player that had been kicked off another team the next day, the two situations are quite different. Not to dump on the kid, but all indications are that Middleton had a poor work ethic, a lack of commitment to the program, and some issues with drug testing whereas Shirley has a great attitude and a clean background except for this recent dust-up with law. And if Kavario is offered a second chance at another school (hell, even at UCLA - I'd take that trade talent-wise), you can bet your sweet ass TheDawgDude would want him to get his shit together and fulfill his potential (assuming he isn't a Duck).
Ultimately, I have faith in Sarkisian's ability to judge character and if he is comfortable with adding Shirley, so am I.
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