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National Signing Day 2016: Keith Simms signs with Oregon

A flight to the east coast a week before National Signing Day was enough for Mark Helfrich and staff to land linebacker Keith Simms.

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Oregon football, with help from a final cross-country in-home visit in the final week of recruiting, landed three-star outside linebacker and tight end Keith Simms. He made his verbal commitment on Saturday on Twitter, and now, his addition to the Ducks is official.

Simms was supposed to take an official visit to Mississippi, but instead decided to pledge his commitment to the Ducks four days after head coach Mark Helfrich's final pitch in Simms' home state of Maryland. Helfrich, along with defensive coordinator Brady Hoke and two other members of his staff landed just days after Winter Storm Jonas struck the area.

Simms ranks the No. 25 outside linebacker in the nation and the No. 13 recruit in the state of Maryland, according to 247Sports. The 6'3, 220-pound prospect visited Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Tech, and held other offers from Duke, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Stanford, Syracuse, TCU, West Virginia and Wisconsin among many others.