On Tuesday, Shirley released the eight schools he's focusing on.
Shirley said that those schools comprise his top eight, though there is a chance schools that haven't offered, but do so in the fall, could be under consideration.
While he hasn't set up any visits, Shirley said he's got a good idea of where he'll go.
"For now, I'm going to visit the out-of-state schools," said Shirley, saying also that he'd visit the in-state schools unofficially.
So does Shirley have a leader at this point? "USC and UCLA are a little ahead of the rest, but things could always change," said Shirley.
Shirley and his team are set to begin their fall practice next week, and this weekend, he's planning to be in Westwood for UCLA's Fall Scrimmage.
"Saturday I'm going to the UCLA scrimmage and I'm going to bring a couple of players that I know from around the area," said Shirley.
Shirley is ranked as the #6 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, and tops in the West.