Jacob played in the North/South Rivalry for 3 years. As Captain of the 2005 squad, Jake led his team to a 26-7 victory over Grosse Pointe South and qualified for the playoffs. In the South game Jake carried the ball 25 times for 162 yards and scored 2 touchdowns. A two way starter on defense he had 7 tackles with 3 quarterback sacks. Jake played 4 years of defensive end at Washington and Jefferson College where they had a 40-7 record over his 4 years. He appeared in 4 straight NCAA playoffs, led all NCAA players in sacks per game as a senior and was an AFCA All-American.