Becca Longo, a senior place-kicker at Basha High School in Chandler, Arizona, recently made history when she signed a letter of commitment to play football at Adams State University, an NCAA Division II program in Alamosa, Colorado.
She had no idea that she was the first female to receive a D2-or-higher scholarship to play American football.
“I was completely shocked,” Longo told reporters. “My jaw dropped to the floor.”
But the 18 year-old has her sights on an even higher goal – playing professional football.
Lauded by college scouts for her accuracy, the kicker connected on 31 of 34 tries during the 2016-17 season and has a chance to start for Adams State as a freshman as well as play on the school’s women’s basketball team. Kicking competitively for 4 years of college is a tremendous advantage for a kicker looking to be drafted by the NFL or AFL.
“I’m going to be ready to compete,” she said. “I’m not one to back down to anybody.”