History was made in Arizona this spring when Becca Longo, 18, signed a letter of intent to play football at Division II Adams State in Colorado. She's not going to be the first female to play college football, but according to to her coach at Basha High School (and later confirmed by ESPN), she is the first to receive a scholarship to play for an NCAA-affiliated program at Division II or higher.
Longo committed to Adams State earlier this spring and then was honored in a signing celebration of all scholarship athletes at her high school on Wednesday.
"It was like recruiting any other athlete," Adams State coach Timm Rosenbach told the Arizona Republic. "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."
Per the Republic, Longo made 30-of-33 point-after tries and hit a 30-yard field goal during her senior season. Rosenbach, a former Washington State and NFL quarterback, didn't seem to make much of Longo being the first female awarded an NCAA football scholarship out of high school, noting that his wife is a former pro athlete and Longo is "a football player who earned it."