The Nebraska Football team has stepped up its 2018 recruiting efforts with a new offer to a four-star receiver in the state of Illinois. The place of residence is just one of the things that is a bit different with this particular recruit. We're used to seeing scholarships get offered up to players from Florida and California but this player being in the Huskers back yard might help the recruiting efforts just a bit. Of course, if they want to win the battle for Micah Jones' services, they'll need to fight off one of the most historic programs in the country.

Husker offer heralded on social media

When Micah Jones announced that he had received an offer to play for the Nebraska football team, there were a number of people who made it quite clear they were quite excited about the prospect of the receiver playing in Lincoln. While there were the usual fans who wanted to make sure he knew just how badly they wanted him, there were also a few players who were clearly impressed. One of those was teammate Jalin Tolbert.

It's unclear whether or not Tolbert knew he was making quite the recruiting pitch for the Nebraska football team but he likely put a thought in Jones' head that all Husker fans would like to have fester a while.

Tolbert tweeted back "Yu (you) and Lindsey." The reference is pretty obviously to Jones being able to play alongside receiver Tyjon Lindsey -- arguably the top receiver in the Huskers' 2017 recruiting class should he commit to Mike Riley and company.

Stiff competition

Should the Nebraska football team manage to snag Jones, it will mean they stole him away from the school that's the odds-on favorite to win the recruiting battle.

Notre Dame has long been considered the favorite. Even if the Fighting Irish don't get Jones' services, the Huskers are going to need to hold off most of the rest of the Big Ten. Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin have all offered the four-star wide receiver a scholarship. Jones is considered the third best player in Illinois, and the 50th best receiver overall in the class.