After an up and down January that has seen multiple commitments and de-commitments, Oregon received some positive news on Saturday night when Bethesda (Mar.) Landon outside linebacker Keith Simms tweeted that he had committed to the program.
Simms, a four-star prospect that stands 6-foot-3, 235-pounds, received an in-home visit from Oregon staff members, including head coach Mark Helfrich and linebackers coach Don Pellum earlier this week. A Top 20 prospect at his position nationally and third-ranked in the East region alone, Simms becomes the fourth true linebacker to join the 2016 commit list along with Darrian Franklin, La'Mar Winston and junior college transfer A.J. Hotchkins.
Oregon's class is now back up to 18 commitments following a pair of de-commitments from Jared Mayden and Eddie McDoom earlier this month. Simms enters at a time when the Ducks will switch to a 4-3 defense under new defensive coordinator Brady Hoke, who will have plenty of bodies to work with at the three linebacker spots heading into the 2016 season.