Josh Shirley‘s college football sojourn has officially taken him to his third — and final — campus.
UNLV confirmed Friday that Shirley has been added to the football Rebels’ roster. Because he will be a graduate transfer, Shirley will be eligible to play immediately in 2014 in what will be his final year of eligibility.
“We think Josh will help us on the defensive line,” head coach Bobby Hauck said in quotes distributed by the school. “Our people did a good job getting him admitted to graduate school and getting him out here today. We appreciate everyone’s efforts and I think it shows a good spirit of cooperation on our campus.
“We really need to have eight guys who can play on our defensive line to accomplish the temp we expect to run. He’s a veteran who has played a lot of games and it’s always a good thing to not have to rely on freshmen. He’s going to give us a boost.”
Shirley’s move to Las Vegas continues an interesting football journey.
A four-star member of UCLA’s 2010 recruiting class, Shirley was one of three Bruins dismissed by the football program after they were originally charged with felony theft in June of that year. A month later, Shirley transferred to Washington.
During his time with the Huskies, Shirley totaled 18 sacks over the course of three seasons and 38 games played. It was reported earlier this month that he would be leaving UW.