It happens often, and the South Cobb sophomore’s grown used to it. But once he pronounces his surname of French descent correctly — it’s “lap-ur-REL-er-ee” — people have a much easier time with it.
“They pick up on it after I say it,” he said.
While people are learning to say his last name correctly, Lapeyrolerie is learning to play quarterback for the Eagles’ football team. He first started learning the position last year, as a freshman on the junior varsity team.
Learning new positions is nothing new to Lapeyrolerie. He can already play receiver and safety, and he was recently recognized for his talent on both sides of the ball.
Lapeyrolerie was named an Offense-Defense All-American after partaking in an Offense-Defense camp over the summer at Oglethorpe University. As a result, he was invited to participate in the Offense-Defense bowl week activities surrounding the New Year’s Day Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
“I was pretty excited,” Lapeyrolerie said. “I went out there to earn my spot, and I was very happy.”
Lapeyrolerie gained exposure at the summer camp by playing receiver and safety. Now, he’s in coach Michael Youngblood’s two-quarterback system at South Cobb with junior starter Kylil Carter.
The pairing worked out Friday, as Lapeyrolerie and Carter orchestrated a fourth-quarter comeback that allowed the Eagles to beat Kennesaw Mountain 34-28 in the Region 4AAAAAA opener for both teams.
The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Lapeyrolerie’s strength is his speed, and he picks up most of South Cobb’s yardage with his legs. Not only did he rack up 74 yards on 11 carries against Kennesaw Mountain, but he completed a key first-down pass to Dorquincy Jordan in the fourth quarter, when Carter was out temporarily with an injury.
“We noticed that he can get his hands on the ball and use his speed in the open field,” Youngblood said. “He came into the game and did great things for us. He’s starting to evolve as a 10th-grader. We try not to do too much, but we want to use his athleticism.”
Lapeyrolerie was more of a basketball player entering middle school, before flyers announcing football tryouts aroused his curiosity. Once Lapeyrolerie gave the new sport a shot, he discovered he had decent hands and speed, and he used both of those abilities to develop his craft.
Then, once he entered high school, Lapeyrolerie was ready to try something new.
“I wanted to try quarterback,” he said. “(South Cobb) didn’t have a quarterback for JV. I’ve gotten better at it, but I still have a few things to learn.”
Lapeyrolerie’s strength at the moment is reading the defense, and he can get quick first downs either with his feet or finding an open wide receiver.