Practice Tour: Johnnie Farms

CHATHAM, Va. --- In just one week, Johnnie Farms has converted Robert Prunty, Hargrave Military Academy's head football coach, into one of his biggest fans.

"Junkyard dog," Prunty said of Farms. "[He is] the best offensive guard to ever step foot on Hargrave's campus. I might have to play him both ways, because he's that good."

"He plays with great leverage, great footwork, good hand movement, [he's] aggressive, [he's] nasty – he's just a junkyard dog. Johnnie Farms is a football player. He reminds me of an old throwback football player."

Farms is unlikely to play both ways, but the 6-foot-2, 306-pound Perry (Ga.) native will rotate between left guard and right tackle on Hargrave's starting offensive line unit.

"I'm telling you, Johnnie Farms is the real deal," Prunty said. "He is special. He will play in the [National Football] League, one day."

Before even thinking about the NFL, Farms will head to UNC.

"I'm firm [to UNC] – 100-percent," said Farms, who flirted with Auburn right before Signing Day. "... I don't want to go through [the recruiting] process, again. That's a headache you don't want to have. I'm glad it's over with. I'm telling every college ‘I'm done. Don't even try to talk to me.'"

Farms has been following UNC's preseason practices and thus is well aware of the depth issues the offensive line is facing.

"I feel like I let them down because I'm not there," Farms said. "But everything happens for a reason."

Farms says he regularly receives letters from UNC's coaches and speaks to Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach, weekly on the phone.

"[Pittman and I] have a good relationship," Farms said. "It's like I've known him all my life."

Farms last spoke to the UNC coaches a week ago when he stopped by Chapel Hill on his way to Hargrave.

"They said ‘Do what you've got to do and get back here – we need you,'" Farms said.

Farms is on track to become qualified for college when he leaves Hargrave on Dec. 18, which will allow him to enroll at UNC for the spring semester. He is taking a couple of English courses, as well as SAT prep courses.

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