Fresh off a somewhat surprising losing battle with Kansas for one of their best targets, the Nebraska football team might be able to exact some revenge in the 2020 class. Dontae Manning is a defensive back who is on the rise. He's so on the rise that he managed to get an offer during his visit to Lincoln over the weekend. That offer means the three-star prospect out of Raytown now has at least 12 offers, with almost all of them coming from the Big 10 and Big 12 regions of the country. A number of Nebraska targets also received rave reviews from their visits.

Nebraska wasting no time getting more defense

While the hole in their recruiting class, left by Steven Parker, isn't going to get fixed right away, the Huskers are unbowed by the final two weeks of the 2019 cycle. The staff is still trying to shore up the current class, but they have also moved full speed ahead to the 2020 class. Manning was one of over a dozen players who came to Lincoln last weekend and checked out what Memorial Stadium had to offer.

It appears Dontae Manning was the only player who came to Lincoln without an offer that left the Star City with one. The Huskers have made it clear they are looking to add as much defensive talent as possible, as they look to improve on what was a pretty abysmal 2018 regular season.

The focus, for the most part, in the 2019 class and the 2020 class, has been in the defensive backfield.

Manning is not ranked among the best of the best, but the 247Sports Composite does have him as the 12th best player in the state of Missouri and the 47th best cornerback overall.

Neither of those rankings screams blue chip, but they do signal a solid player that has plenty of time to show he should be rated a bit higher than he's getting credit for at the moment. Certainly, the 12 offers, mostly from FBS schools, shows the defensive back has convinced several Power 5 schools he's worth having on their roster.

Dontae Manning showdown looming

Kansas is just one of the familiar foes the Nebraska football team is going to have to fight off if they want Manning to be a Husker. Iowa offered the defensive back a scholarship just days before the Cornhuskers did. With Les Miles in Lawrence, a new kind of recruiting rivalry between Kansas and the Nebraska football team is brewing. The Huskers haven't been shy about going into the Sunflower state, as well as Missouri, for targets. Miles, at least, is attempting to close the border. The next few years will tell the tale on how successful he can be in that endeavor. Who Dontae Manning chooses could be one of the indicators.