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<b>Jonathan Warren</b> is making the most of his time at Butler County Community College in Kansas. The former Florida State signee has redshirted this season and looks to enroll at FSU in January, 2006. Returning home for the Thanksgiving holiday, Warren had the chance to watch his Madison County Cowboys upend Starke Bradford 21-0 at Boot Hill in a Class 2A state semifinal game last Friday. Madison County squares off against Immokalee in the 2A final Dec. 10 at Florida Field in Gainesville.

Jonathan Warren says he's in great spirits.

For starters, Warren's back home for the Thanksgiving holiday. He has had the opportunity to visit with family and friends before heading back to Butler County Community College in Eldorado, Kan., on Tuesday.

Warren also had the chance to watch his former high school team, the top-ranked Madison County Cowboys, advance in the state playoffs last Friday.

The Cowboys (12-0) upended Starke Bradford 21-0 in a Class 2A state semifinal showdown at Boot Hill.

Madison County moves into its second consecutive state title game, this time against Immokalee (10-2) at Florida Field in two weeks.

Immokalee upset defending state champion Hollywood Chaminade 21-0 in the other 2A state semifinal game last Friday.

Chaminade, of course, shutout Warren's Cowboys 27-0 in last year's state-title game.

"They have it going. They are playing well and it's great to see," Warren said of the Cowboys, who have won 34 games the past three seasons.

Warren, who signed with Florida State in February but had his scholarship withdrawn following legal troubles, also had a chance to watch and chat with Cowboys linebacker Eugene Hayes this past weekend.

Considered one of the nation's top playes, Hayes is being recruited by the country's elite, including the Seminoles.

"Eugene's a great player. He leads that defense out there," Warren said. "He's so fast out on the field, they can't block him.

"We've been talking about Florida State, and he says FSU's still in his top three and he's thinking real hard about them."

Warren, meanwhile, is making the most of his time at Butler CC.

Saying his legal troubles have been resolved, Warren elected to redshirt this football season, giving him a chance to get his academics in order as well as save a year of eligibility at FSU.

He also has spent plenty of time in the weight room, adding nearly 20 pounds of muscle. Warren says he's also sprouted to 6-foot-2 -- a gain of nearly two inches since his senior season at Madison County.

Warren, a strong safety, plans to play football next year at Butler and then enroll at FSU in January, 2006.

"Everything has been going pretty good. I like it out there but the weather is hard to get used to," Warren said and laughed. "Gets cold. Even snows."

"In my free time I've been lifting and eating."

Butler is noted for its quality football, and Warren says the Seminoles have displayed interest in teammates Frantz Hardy (receiver), Mike West (strong safety) and Justin Tomberlin (defensive end), also a former FSU signee.

Warren remaines in touch with FSU defensive ends coach Jody Allen, who recruited Warren while at Madison County. Warren returned to Tallahassee earlier this season and was on the sidelines for the FSU-Virginia showdown.

Like all Seminoles, Warren was disappointed with the team's defeat to rival Florida in the regular-season finale at Doak Campbell Stadium last weekend.

"The defense looked really good and I wish I was back there helping them out," Warren said.

"That's what is motivating me, just wanting to get back to FSU. I've gotten that second chance and I want to take advantage of it."


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