WA linebacker sets up first visit

Jason Belford is a 6-2, 215-pound linebacker from Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln, and Belford's recruitment has been lingering in the shadows for some time, but now that Jason's been reached he let us know what his status is. He's got his first visit set up, to a Pac-10 school.

"It's nothing physically," Jason told TheInsiders.com Monday when asked about what makes him a special player. He was recently named to the Tacoma News Tribune's all-area team on defense. "It's just my attitude. I don't take nothin' from nobody. If you get by me on a play, you better expect that I'll have something for you on the next play. I'll take it all on. Come and get it."

Belford led Lincoln in tackles this season with 110 and also had a pick-six.

Washington was the first major in Belford's recruitment, and the Huskies were at Lincoln bright and early Monday to talk to head coach Dick Zatkovich about Belford. "My season got off to a slow start, so recruiting was slow," Jason said. "But I'm not concerned. They've seen film of my last three games and how I picked it up in the playoffs."

Zatkovich confirmed UW's December 12th visit date, as well as interest from Eastern Washington, Montana, Montana State and Idaho State. "Washington State has asked for more film," he said. He also expressed the opinion that the Huskies are bound to offer Belford soon, although he does not have any at this moment.

Has Jason thought about staying close to home or leaving the area? "I've thought about it and I'm kind of half-and-half right now," he said. His teammate, Michael Willis, is presently Washington State-bound. "My main focus is going someplace that feels right, but it would be nice to stay close to home. I have a lot of family here and I'm leaning that way."

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