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Weekends are hectic this time of the year for recruits like Chapel Hill offensive tackle Taylor Johnstone. After the game on Friday night, the rest of the weekend is usually consumed by a film session with teammates and an unofficial visit to one of the schools. Johnstone will be busy this weekend, but for different reasons. After Friday night’s game against Morrow, he’ll go home to get plenty of rest before rising Saturday morning to take the ACT. The rest of the weekend he’ll baby-sit for an 8-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy, the children of a couple who have been good friends with Johnstone’s parents for years. “They’re really nice kids; I like doing it,” said Johnstone, who noted that he has been baby-sitting the siblings since he was in eighth grade. “[The five-year-old] is a handful. Man, he’s hard to keep up with. I’ll probably take them to the pool a couple of times and go bowling or something. No big deal.” Prior to taking the ACT and babysitting, Johnstone hopes to shine against Morrow (0-2). Coaches from Georgia Southern have told him that they will be at the game to see him play. While a solid performance could result in Johnstone’s first official offer, he said he won’t be nervous. “I’m used to it by now,” he said. “I try to think about [the coaches] as being just two more fans in the stands.”
At 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds, Chapel Hill offensive tackle Taylor Johnstone is big for a high school player. But he said he would have no problem playing a smaller brand of college football. “I would have no problem going to Georgia Southern or Furman or Wofford or Appalachian State,” Johnstone said. “Those are all great schools that compete for a national championship every year.” Johnstone, a member of the AJC’s The Georgia 150 list, has not received an offer. But he is being heavily recruited by Alabama-Birmingham, Furman, Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee State and Troy, and he thinks an offer could come shortly after the season starts. “They all say basically the same thing … that they want to see how well I pass block,” Johnstone said. The new coaching staff at Chapel Hill will throw the ball considerably more this season, Johnstone said. “I think I’ll do pretty well. I have pretty good footwork from playing basketball,” Johnstone said. “I like to pass block more [than drive blocking] because it gives me a chance to show I can move around pretty good at my size.”