Posted On: 09/16/20 5:30 PM

Colorado is a sleeping giant when it comes to talented high school athletes, which can easily be seen by scanning through the club rosters of Team Full Gorilla and Performance Empire.

The two juggernaut programs faced off for the first time in a scrimmage this weekend, which also happened to be Performance Empire’s 7-on-7 debut. Between the two teams, there was six Division I commits on the field, a few D-II and D-III commits, and a plethora of players with multiple offers who have yet to commit.

With D-I committed players like Luke McAllisterLukeMcAllister6'4" | QBPalmer Ridge | 2021StateCO (Colorado State), Terrance Furgeson (Oregon), Ty RobinsonTyRobinson6'3" | WREaglecrest | 2021StateCO (Colorado), and Kaden DudleyKadenDudley6'0" | WRPalmer Ridge | 2021StateCO (Boise State), it comes as no surprise that Team Full Gorilla is a nationally respected program. Performance Empire, on the other hand, is a new team with a stacked roster of their own. Cherry Creek’s Chase PenryChasePenry6'1" | WRCherry Creek | 2021StateCO (Colorado), Julian Hammond IIIJulianHammond III6'2" | QBCherry Creek | 2021StateCO (Colorado basketball), and Myles PurchaseMylesPurchase5'11" | DBCherry Creek | 2021StateCO (10 offers) are just a few of the highly talented weapons on Empire’s roster.

Each team has, what seems to be, an unlimited amount of under-the-radar talent as well. Chyon KendrickChyonKendrick6'1" | DBEaglcrest | 2021StateCO (Gorilla) and Marcus WilliamsMarcusWilliams5'11" | DBGrandview | 2022StateCO (Empire) are two insanely underrated lockdown cornerbacks. Kendrick is a senior who plays for Eaglecrest High School, while Williams is a junior player for Grandview High School. Wide receivers like Elisha EvansElishaEvans6'0" | WRFountain-Fort Carson | 2022StateCO (Gorilla) and Brayden MunroeBraydenMunroe6'2" | Wide ReceiverChaparral | 2023CO (Empire) were also flying around the field making plays. Evans, a junior, is a show-stopping player from Fountain-Fort Carson High School, and Munroe is a talented sophomore athlete from Chaparral High School.

Team Full Gorilla is a well-established powerhouse, while the Performance Empire squad is a newly built goliath. Regardless of the team, combing through the list of rosters would be extremely beneficial for collegiate scouts from every level. 

With Colorado’s high school football season being the topic of heavy debate, club teams like Team Full Gorilla and Performance Empire have been providing players with an opportunity to continue to train, compete, and get better. It is also worth mentioning that these two teams may build one of the most entertaining 7-on-7 rivalries in Colorado; a state that produces some of the most underrated high school talents in the country.

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