Making His Own Mark

All the similarities are there, and one would expect that with a younger brother.

LaQuinn Stephens-Howling, born five years later than LaRod Stephens-Howling, now with the Arizona Cardinals, is 5-foot-6, 145 pounds, has run the 40 in 4.6 seconds and has a quiet demeanor.

One significant difference is that LaQuinn doesn't have any scholarship offers going into the summer before his senior season at Greater Johnstown, Pa. High School. But he's hopeful that Pittsburgh, LaRod's alma mater, will offer soon.

"Things are going all right for me at this point,'' LaQuinn Stephens-Howling said. "A lot of schools have been talking to me, and I've been invited to various combines and camps this summer. So, I want to take advantage of that. We're getting a lot of film out to different schools.

"And Pitt was one of those schools. They like everything else they've seen, but they wanted to see more film to check me out. So, I sent some out to them. I guess they'll make a decision after they watch my game tape, so we'll see what happens in the next couple months.''

LaQuinn Stephens-Howling waits for scholarship offers.

Along with Pitt, Cincinnati, Maryland and Temple have shown interest in LaQuinn Stephens-Howling. The Panthers would be an easy choice for him because he already has ties established thanks to his brother.

"The relationship with the coaches and the academics probably are the most important things for me when I think about a school,'' LaQuinn Stephens-Howling said. "I've been talking with the running backs coach, Coach (David) Walker, at Pitt. And Coach (Greg) Gattuso, he recruits Johnstown.

"I've been on visits to Pitt before to see LaRod, and it was always a good time. I get along with some of the players on the team, and it would be great to get an offer from Pitt to play with those guys. They welcomed me every time I came down, and I look forward to more visits this spring and summer.''

One thing that LaQuinn hasn't done in a while is race his big brother, who was timed about two-tenths of a second faster recently. The question begged to be asked anyway.

"I don't know who's faster,'' LaQuinn said. "We'll have to line up together sometime, but we never really raced before.''

Until then, LaQuinn will have to make his mark in other ways.

"I'm going to keep coming to these combines and camps, get my name out there as often as I can and show what I can do,'' Stephens-Howling said. "And then, maybe I'll start to get some offers.''

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