Repeat Performance

<b> Jonathan Warren</b> remembers the scene like it was yesterday -- sprinting out of Florida State's locker room into Doak Campbell Stadium for the state high school championship game. It was a dream come true. Warren and Madison County won the title that afternoon two years ago, and they are looking for a repeat performance in two weeks at The Swamp in Gainesville.

Warren and the Cowboys continue their playoff run Friday night at Starke Bradford in the 2A-Region I final. Warren, a multi-talented performer for coach Frankie Carroll's team at running back, cornerback and punt return, also is dealing with the recruiting process as well.

"It has been fun, a process that I've enjoyed -- though sometimes it can get frustrating," Warren said Wednesday.

"Your phone pretty much rings off the hook, the coaches and everything. But it has been great. It's all for a good reason and that's why I am out there working hard every day trying to improve."

The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder has drawn considerable interest nationally, not to mention right here in the Sunshine State from Florida State, Florida and Miami.

Other candidates include East Carolina, Iowa State, Clemson, Michigan State and Middle Tennessee State.

Warren, who is known for his aggressiveness and overall athletic ability, is being recruited by most schools as a cornerback/safety/kick returner. (Warren says FSU likes him at cornerback).

Warren says the Gators top his list at the moment, followed by childhood favorite FSU, Miami, East Carolina, Iowa State and Clemson. Warren plans to attend Saturday's FSU-UF game in The Swamp.

While FSU coaches are impressed with Warren‘s athletic ability -- he was a top performer at the Seminoles‘ summer camp -- an official offer has not been extended as of yet due to Warren's academic standing.

Warren said he remains shy on his ACT score, registering a 15 in his latest attempt. He also has a 2.6 grade-point average.

"I struggled on the Science (portion) but I know I can score better," said Warren, who is yes-sir, no-sir polite.

After fulfilling one dream two years ago in Doak Campbell Stadium, Warren would love nothing more to cap his senior season with a second state title in The Swamp.

"That was such a great feeling two years ago," Warren said.

"I was just a sophomore, getting to run out of Florida State's locker room. We have to get back. That's everyone's goal - to win that second state title."


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