Art Woods is not only a proud Newton County resident, but a proud father as well.
His son Jay Woods, a Jackson High School standout and one of the state's top football players is patiently making his way toward playing for a major Division I program.
Wednesday the 6-foot-2, 278-pound defensive tackle cut the list of the 29 scholarship offers he has received down to his top six.
Georgia, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Clemson and Vanderbilt all remain in contention for Woods' services.
"Thank God that he's doing well as far as academic-wise," Art Woods said. "As far as staying on the right track, overall he's a good student. He's carrying like a 4.0 GPA.
The grades are just part of the package for Jay Woods, who also brings a strong work ethic on the football field and a quiet demeanor off of it.
"Jay is a very intense student in the classroom and on the field," Art Woods said. "He's very smart, he's a good kid and he's very intelligent. He respects others and he's real quiet."
Jay Woods had whittled his choices down to a top 11 adding UCF, Kentucky, Duke, South Carolina, Nebraska and Texas A&M to his current list.
"We're going to take it one step at a time," Art Woods said. "Me and his mom are looking everything over at what schools will be a good fit for him academic-wise."