New Mexico State linebacker Terrill Hanks is staying in Miami. According to NMSU head football coach Doug Martin, the Dolphins have signed Hanks to an undrafted free agent deal. Hanks’ agent also confirming the signing via Twitter.
“This is a proud day for NM State football as we celebrate with Terrill signing with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent,” said Martin in a release to KTSM 9 Sports. “Terrill has worked hard to get to this moment and we are all excited for him and grateful he chose New Mexico State to be the program to show his talent to the football world. He has all the work ethic and talent to be a star in the NFL.”
New Mexico State head football coach Doug Martin confirms Aggies linebacker Terrill Hanks has signed with the Miami #Dolphins as an undrafted free agent. The Miami, Florida native gets to stay home and write his own script. #NFLDraft #KTSM9Sports pic.twitter.com/bqsS8Kdw4B — Andy Morgan (@AndyMorganTV) April 27, 2019
Hanks, who tallied over 100 total tackles in his last three season as an Aggie, was projected to be off the board between rounds 3-5. The Miami, Florida native did not hear his name called on Friday or Saturday, but will get to stay home and write his own script.
More UDFA deals, per sources:
•New Mexico State LB Terrill Hanks with the #Dolphins
•Wisconsin FB Alec Ingold with the #Raiders
•Wyoming tight end Tyree Mayfield with the #49ers
•South Carolina G Zack Bailey with the #Bucs — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 27, 2019
“Honestly, I haven’t been getting sleep all week,” said Hanks in an interview with KTSM 9 Sports prior to the start of the draft. “I just feel like it’s Christmas around the corner. I feel like a little kid again and it’s great. I’m truly humbled for this experience and to have this opportunity. It’s great to be able to represent New Mexico State and it’s finally here.”
Hanks participated in the Senior Bowl in January and the NFL Combine in February. Several teams also flew in to Las Cruces to watch him perform at NMSU’s Pro Day in March.
Former @NMStateFootball standout Terrill Hanks (@elev8yourgame) led the South defense in tackles today at the #SeniorBowl with 8. Hanks is rising on #NFLDraft boards and has a chance to be the highest selection in NMSU football history. #KTSM9Sports pic.twitter.com/HJEusngcEV — Andy Morgan (@AndyMorganTV) January 26, 2019
Hanks recorded over 100 total tackles this past season for the third time in his NMSU career. He registered 11 career sacks and eight career interceptions. He had pre-draft visits with the Vikings, Texans, and the 49ers. He also had private workouts with the Texans, Dolphins, Jets, and the Cowboys.
Next up for Hanks and the Dolphins is rookie minicamp next month. Training camp begins in July.