Legacy Head Coach Scott Smith described Sam as a thinker, a planner, a worker, and a goal-oriented leader. Smith recollected Sam's interception against Southwest Christian, where he handily set up the Legacy offense for a touchdown (see video). Sam was Captain of the Legacy football team for two years and honored as First Team All-District Defensive Line, Second Team All-State Defensive Line, Academic All-State, and Legacy’s Most Valuable Player.
He has committed to play football at The College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio. While he was aggressively recruited by ten schools and was scouted by over fifty, Wooster was easily the top contender. Jacob connected with Defensive Line Coach Atkins and the football “felt great.” Additionally, he has family in Wooster and his dad lived there after college and even made the decision to propose to Jacob's mother while on the campus at The College of Wooster.