Steve Sarkisian is in his second year as the head coach of the Husky Football program.
July 22, 2010
SEATTLE -- Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian announced today that Josh Shirley, an incoming freshman student-athlete from Fontana, Calif., has signed a financial aid agreement and will join the Husky football team when players report to fall camp on Aug. 8.
"We are very aware of the circumstances surrounding Josh," said Sarkisian. "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 a highly decorated linebacker at Kaiser HS where he helped the Cats to a 9-4 record as a senior and the team's ninth-straight league title. He was one of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award and played in the U.S. Army All-America game where he scored a touchdown on a 77-yard return of a blocked field goal.
Among his other honors, Shirley was the Defensive MVP of the Sunkist League, co-Defensive Player of the Year of the CIF Southern Section Eastern Division, a PrepStar All-American and a member of the Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100.
Josh Shirley Bio
DE/LB 6-2 / 210 Fontana, Calif./Kaiser
Named the Defensive MVP of the Sunkist League and co-Defensive Player of the Year of the CIF Southern Section Eastern Division ... one of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top high school linebacker ... named to the Riverside Press-Enterprise all-area team ... recorded 105 tackles as a senior ... helped lead Cats to a 9-4 record as a senior in 2009 ... team won its ninth straight Sunkist League title and advanced to the semifinals of the CIF-SS Eastern Division championship ... played in the U.S. Army All-America game following senior season ... scored a touchdown on a 77-yard return of a blocked field goal in that game ... played on the San Bernardino County squad in the Inland Empire All-Star game following senior year ... as a junior credited with 88 tackles and 17 sacks ... a PrepStar All-American ... named second-team all-state by calhisports.com ... listed as the No. 15 prospect in the state by the Contra Costa Times "Cream of the Crop" ... named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's Western 100 ... made the Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West honorable mention ... named third-team all-state by goldenstatepreps.com following junior year ... ranked the No. 9 outside linebacker and No. 137 overall recruit in the nation by rivals.com, which also listed him as the No. 19 prospect in the state of California ... rated the No. 12 outside linebacker in the nation by scout.com ... played for coach Phil Zelaya.