Becca Longo just stuck her powerful right foot into college sports history. The Arizona high school kicker became the first woman to receive a football scholarship at an NCAA Division II school or higher, CNN reported Friday.
On Wednesday, Longo signed a letter of intent to play for Adams State University, a Division II school in Alamosa, Colorado, ESPN wrote. About a dozen women have played football for NCAA schools but none was on a scholarship, according to the sports network.
Upon hearing that she was a pioneer in collegiate athletics, Longo told CNN, “I was completely shocked.”
She explained to USA Today that she contacted Adams State during the season, sent highlight tapes and heard back from the school soon after. She then visited the campus and fell in love with it. When Adams State offered her the scholarship, she said (per ABC 15), “I’m just so unbelievably grateful that somebody game me a chance.”
Longo made 30 of 33 extra-point attempts and hit a 30-yard field goal last season for Basha High School in Chandler, Arizona. But she apparently has greater range. Here she is in practice connecting from 48 yards out.
“There is no doubt she can be competitive,” Adams State coach Timm Rosenbach, a former NFL quarterback, told the Arizona Republic. “She has a strong leg, and she can be very accurate.”
Longo also plans to play basketball for Adams State.