Jakob is the son of Tammy and Michael Backhaus. In high school he played football and wrestled all four years, earning two varsity letters in football and two varsity letters in wrestling. He was named 2017 Football Best OL and DL, 2nd Team All GMC DL in 2017, 2018 Football Best DL. 2nd Team All GMC both OL and DL in 2018, Athletic Scholar Award, 2017-2018 Wrestling Pins Award, 2018-2019 Wrestling Most Pins Award, Most Valuable Player Award, District Qualifier, and Athletic Scholar Award. His most memorable sport moment was getting 1st in wrestling at GMC’s for heavyweight. His most inspirational coach is Coach Rakes. His favorite professional athlete is Randall Cobb. After high school he plans to attend Trine University for mechanical engineering.