An Arizona high school student will start her college career in the fall as the first woman to receive a football scholarship at a Division II university.
Becca Longo, Basha High School's kicker, is the first woman to sign a letter of intent to play NCAA football on scholarship at the Division II level or higher, according to her coach. She converted 30-of-33 extra points during her high school senior season and made a long of 30 yards.
"Well, I didn't know until I heard what Coach Todd was saying - that I had just made history", Longo said.
"I went on my visit and I absolutely fell in love", she added.
In 2001, Ashley Martin became the first female to score a point in an FBS or FCS football game when she kicked an extra point for Jacksonville State.
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"It was like recruiting any other athlete", Rosenback told azcentral. "In Division II, we can see their workouts. She has a strong leg and she can be very accurate".
- Liz Heaston: Kicked two extra points for Willamette, then an NAIA program, on October 18, 1997 to become the first woman to score in a college football game.
An assistant coach eventually came to the school and invited Longo to visit the university. "I'm just thinking about playing", Longo said. My wife is a former pro athlete. "I see her as a football player who earned it". The team also signed another kicker earlier in the off-season and has one more returning to the roster.
She wanted a scholarship and took the initiative to get a look from a college team by sending video highlights to schools, following Rosenbach on Twitter and reaching out to Adams' staff directly to get scouted. "Only, I really did". I did it back in the day and I'll say till the day I die if I wasn't too busy chasing girls and drinking beers I might have actually had a career in it, but at 18-19 get out of here.