Farragut alumni athletes continue to shine
In both college and the pros, Blue Jackets have impressive careers
Marreese Speights ‘05
College: University of Florida 2006-2008, played college basketball and was with Florida when they won the 2007 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Game.
Professional: After his sophomore year at UF, Speights was drafted 14th by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2008 NBA draft and since has played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Orlando Magic. He won his first NBA championship with the Warriors when they defeated the Cavaliers in 2015. He most recently played for the Guangzhou Long-Lions in China.
Fun Fact: Speights’ nephew, Percy Speights ‘21, currently attends Farragut as a junior.
Claire Thompson ’07
College: University of South Carolina swim scholarship, yet transferred to the University of Florida where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She also earned her master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Argosy University.
Professional: Thompson is a former professional swimmer for the U.S. National Team. Today she co-owns South Tampa Swim School with her twin sister, Christine.
Fun Fact: In 2012 she swam the 10k open water nationals and earned a spot on the Open Water Championship in China.
Christine Thompson Applefield ’07
College: University of South Carolina swim scholarship. Applefield earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Argosy University.
Professional: Applefield was a competitive swimmer at the national level for more than 14 years. Today she co-owns South Tampa Swim School.
Fun Fact: Christine and her twin, Claire, learned to swim at six-months-old.
Rayshawn Jenkins ‘12
High School: Football, basketball and track and field. Jenkins was named Farragut Athlete-of-the-Year in 2011. He also won the state championship in track for the 110 high hurdles in 2010 and 2011.
College: University of Miami football scholarship. Jenkins was a three-star ESPN recruit.
Professional: Played in the 2017 Senior Bowl and was drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers during the 2017 NFL Draft. Jenkins is currently the team’s starting Free Safety.
Fun Fact: Jenkins comes from a large family and has had several younger siblings graduate from Farragut over the years since his graduation.
Brad Muhammad ‘13
High School: Participated in football, basketball, and baseball. During his senior year, Muhammad racked up 904 yards and 11 touchdowns on 45 catches and earned the Class 2A first-team all-state honors. After Farragut, Muhammad converted to the defensive side of the game.
College: Florida International University football scholarship and graduated in 2018 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Professional: In 2019 he signed with the Cedar Rapids River Kings indoor football team as a Defensive Back.
Fun Fact: Muhammad is the first in his family to earn a college degree.
Delroy Baker ‘14
College: Indiana University football scholarship. Baker graduated with his degree in Psychology in 2017 and earned the team’s Ted Verlihay “Mental Attitude” in 2018.
Professional: Played with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. Baker aspires to be a psychologist for children and/or athletes.
Fun Fact: As a young child he was diagnosed with petit mal seizures and the issue wasn’t resolved until middle school. He was told that he wouldn’t be allowed to play high-contact sports such as football, yet he overcame that.
Brittany McGee ‘15
Sport: Track and Field
High School: Track and field, volleyball, cross country, and soccer. McGee won her first two state titles in 2014. In 2015 she won four individual titles at the Class A state track meet, which was instrumental in the girls track team becoming the first Tampa Bay area girls program to win a state title in almost 20 years. She also was the eighth girl in FHSAA state history to win four state titles in the same meet. In 2015, McGee was named the Tampa Bay Times Pinellas Athlete of the Year.
College: Stanford University track scholarship. Brittany is in her final year of a Bioengineering degree and plans to pursue a master’s degree.
Fun Fact: During the summer of 2015, McGee finished third in the heptathlon of the Championship Division at the New Balance National Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The event is considered the most prestigious post-season track and field championship for high school athletes.
Dontae McGee ‘15
High School: Wrestling, track and field, and football. In wrestling, McGee is a two-time state champion. In 2014 and again in 2015 he recorded the most wins in one season (68) and recorded the most career wins (242).
College: Ohio University wrestling scholarship. McGee is majoring in Engineering and is working as a Network Engineer Intern for General Dynamics Corporation.
Fun Fact: McGee accumulated a total of 12 varsity letters in wrestling, track, and football while captaining each his senior year.
Katie Barnett ‘17
Sport: Track and Field
High School: Barnett was a finalist at the 2015 World Youth Trials. In 2016, she finished her junior year as a Florida state champion in the triple jump and as a runner-up in the long jump.
College: Princeton University track and field scholarship. She is studying Environmental Engineering.
Fun Fact: Barnett also was Farragut’s 2017 valedictorian and finished with a 4.5 weighted grade-point average. Barnett was accepted to many different colleges including Harvard, Cornell, the University of Pennsylvania, and MIT, but it took one visit to Princeton’s campus for her to know where she wanted to be.
Corynn Miner ‘17
High School: Miner was named MVP all four seasons at Farragut while recording: an impressive 60-career wins; 953 strikeouts; seven perfect games; six no-hitters (senior year alone); and 20+ shutouts (career). She was named to the 2014 and 2015 Florida all-state team and was the MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Player of the Week in April 2016. In her senior year, she was named NFCA South Region Player of the Week.
College: University of Tampa on softball scholarship and is studying Athletic Training.
Fun Fact: Miner has a younger sister at Farragut, Kalynn Miner ‘22, who was a member of Farragut’s softball team when they won the first Class 3A state softball championship in school history in 2018.