Ex-Northwestern rusher Venric Mark to join West Texas A&M

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Canyon, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Former Northwestern running back Venric Mark announced that he’s transferring to West Texas A&M, saying it’s the best fit for him and his family.

“This is an hour and half from my mom,” Mark said. “It’s the best fit.”

Earlier, Mark expressed interest in joining FBS schools like Baylor, Houston, Texas State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Kansas with some willing to apply for an NCAA waiver for his immediate eligibility.

“But I couldn’t gamble with my last year with no guarantees,” said Mark, who will be suspended for at least a portion of the season following a violation of rules.

Mark declined to expand on reasons for his departure aside from citing health issues involving his mother and grandmother.

“I will get my Northwestern degree,” Mark said. “The is no bad blood with Northwestern at all. Me and Coach Fitz [Pat Fitzgerald] still talk. We are still family.”

Mark missed most of the 2013 season with leg injuries but received an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA. He rushed for 1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns and had two punt return touchdowns during a breakout year in 2012.

Mark said he has already practiced at West Texas A&M and believes it will help prepare him for his goal to play in the NFL next season.

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