Ariz. kicker set to become first female on scholarship at Division II or higher

Becca Longo from Basha High School is the first female football player to sign an official letter of intent to play at an NCAA D-I or D-II school.

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Basha High School's Becca Longo had no idea that she was making history, all by signing her letter of intent to play college football at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado.

"Well, I didn't know until I heard what Coach Todd was saying -- that I had just made history," Longo said. "I had no idea that I was. I thought I was signing a piece of paper to play what I love."

Longo's believed to be the first female in the country to sign a national college letter of intent to play football at an NCAA Division I or II school. The feeling is overwhelming for Longo.

"It didn't really hit me until a couple of hours later ... I was driving home from work and thought, 'Wow, did I just do that?'" Longo said.

This was always the game plan for Longo, who was inspired to pursue football by one of her older brother Bobby's former teammates, Heidi Garret.

"She currently holds a record for the longest kick by a female and I thought, 'Yeah, I can do that, too,'" Longo said.

Longo finished her senior season making 30 of 33 extra points and one 30-yard field goal. She will also play collegiate basketball.

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