Former Northwestern RB Venric Mark has chosen to continue his collegiate career at West Texas A&M. West Texas A&M along with Northwest Missouri State were the Division II schools Mark had considered. He had also considered walking on at Texas Tech.
Joining Texas Tech would have required him to file an appeal for a waiver that would grant him immediate eligibility as he’s one class short of graduating. Apparently Mark did not want to take any chances that he would not be able to play in his final year of eligibility.
ESPN’s Joel Schad is reporting that Mark chose the program in Canyon, Texas to be closer to his family.
“This is an hour and half from my mom,” Mark said. “It’s the best fit..Playing at West Texas A&M”
“I will get my Northwestern degree. 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.