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Kicker Becca Longo May Be The First Woman To Receive A College Football Scholarship At DII Or Higher

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On Wednesday, Basha High School kicker Becca Longo signed a scholarship to play at Division II Adams State. She is now believed to be the first woman to receive a football scholarship at the DII level or higher.

Longo, who is listed at 5-foot-11, 140 pound and also intends to play college basketball, did not realize the history she is making until her high school coach announced it during the Signing Day ceremony.

From ESPN:

At a signing ceremony at her Arizona high school Wednesday, Becca Longo was caught off guard when she heard what her football coach told those in attendance: To the best of his knowledge, Gerald Todd said, Longo was the first woman to ever sign a letter of intent to play college football at the Division II level or higher.

Todd's research appears to be spot on. There have been about a dozen documented women who have played college football, but none of those who played for NCAA-affiliated programs were on scholarship.

"I didn't know that until today," Longo said. "I'm still in shock from it. I'm just amazed."

Video from the ceremony is available here.

Timm Rosenbach, a former quarterback at Washington State and the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints, is the head coach at Adams State, and spoke about the recruiting process for Longo. From The Arizona Republic:

"It was like recruiting any other athlete," he said. "In Division II, we can see their workouts. To me, there is no doubt she can be competitive. She has a strong leg and she can be very accurate."

Longo was 30-for-33 on extra points this season, and hit her lone field goal attempt, a 30-yarder.

[ESPN; The Arizona Republic]