So I have a question what would be the method to just grab the instagram follower count for a said user?
I have looked at two possible options the official instagram API, but I couldn't find a specific method named on how to do so, but they do have a some user endpoints, but couldn't find much detail on it or I was thinking about using the unofficial instagram API https://github.com/mgp25/Instagram-API
You can request
https://www.instagram.com/<username>/?__a=1 and receive JSON with account information also with followers count as well. It doesn't need authorization.