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Kicker believed to be first female top-level scholarship college football player

Florida Gators defensive lineman Caleb Brantley (57) is seen during warmup before the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, January 2, 2017.

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Florida Gators defensive lineman Caleb Brantley (57) is seen during warmup before the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, January 2, 2017.

Arizona high school kicker Becca Longo is believed to be the first woman to sign a letter of intent to play college football in Division II or higher, signing with Division II Adams State.

About a dozen documented women have played college football, but none who have played for NCAA programs were on scholarship, ESPN reported.

"I'm just amazed," Longo, 18, said.

Longo converted 35 of 38 extra-point attempts last season for Basha High and was good on her lone field-goal attempt, of 30 yards. She made an official visit to Adams State, in Alamosa, Colo., in February and kicked for the coaches. "There is no doubt she can be competitive," Adams State coach Timm Rosenbach told the Arizona Republic. "She has a strong leg, and she can be very accurate."

Ex-Gator Brantley in fight: Former Florida defensive lineman and NFL draft prospect Caleb Brantley was the victim in an early-morning fight Thursday, Gainesville Police said. Brantley, 6 feet 3 and 307 pounds, told police that a woman, Chelsea Austin, hit him in the face, the police report said. Austin said she did it because he "disrespected her." Brantley pushed her away. Police broke up the altercation after 2 a.m. Austin, listed in the report as 5 feet 4 and 110 pounds, had a cut on her lip and blood around a tooth. She went home with friends. Brantley had no visible injuries and did not want to press charges, police said.

N.C. State: Tight end Thaddeus Moss, son former NFL star Randy Moss, is transferring. Moss caught six passes for 49 yards and a touchdown in 13 games as a freshman in 2016.

Basketball

USF's Fernandez gets extension: USF added two years to women's coach Jose Fernandez's contract, extending the deal through 2023. Fernandez, 45, who has led USF to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments and five overall in 17 seasons, signed a six-year deal worth roughly $2.9 million two years ago.

Men's basketball: North Carolina forward Justin Jackson, the 2016-17 ACC Player of the Year, will enter the NBA draft and sign with an agent, forgoing his senior season.

Times staff writers Matt Baker and Joey Knight contributed to this report.

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