"It feels nice to get the first one," he said, "especially a Big Ten school. It makes me feel pretty good, but I know I need to keep getting better."
Belden visited Bloomington several times before Sunday, and has developed a comfort there.
"It's a nice place. The coaches are really nice, people you can count on to make you better. It's really just a cool place."
He is also looking to develop a better relationship with new defensive line coach Larry McDaniel.
"My relationship with him is pretty nice, even though I've met him once, he seems like a good coach. He likes tough players, so I feel like we would get along. When they offered, he said congratulations and that he likes how I play and that he wants to build a relationship with me."