Former Northwestern running back Venric Mark told ESPN on Saturday that he is transferring to West Texas A&M.

"This is an hour and half from my mom," Mark said. "It's the best fit."

Mark said he was interested in many FBS schools, including Baylor, Houston, Texas State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Kansas, and that some were willing to apply for an NCAA waiver for his immediate eligibility.

"But I couldn't gamble with my last year with no guarantees," Mark said.