Glendale Raptors signed Jason Damm at Back Row for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The former Clemson University Collegiate All-American is 23-years-old, 6’3″, and 245 lbs.
Jason is from Atlanta, Georgia, but grew up in Fort Mill, South Carolina. He attended Nation Ford High School and played football. He then attended Clemson University from 2013-2017, earning a BS in Biological Sciences.
Jason helped Clemson Rugby to becoming back-to-back Atlantic Coast Rugby League Championships, defeated Arkansas State in the 2015 Varsity Cup and advanced to the Varsity Cup Quarterfinals in 2017 against Cal. The team also played in the Las Vegas Invitational 7s Final in 2017 and played in the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship.
In 2013-14 he was an Honorable Mention All-American Forward and played for the USA Junior All-Americans in 2014. He also was honored as ACRL Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Conference in 2014.
Jason has had some interesting jobs while in College. He was a deckhand for Alaska Coastal Marine in Summer 2015, a Research Assistant at Clemson in 2015-16, and a Zookeeper Intern at the Glendale Zoo in 2016.
In 2018 Jason played with Vail Rugby in the Rocky Mountain Summer League. He then played with the Glendale Raptors in the Fall 2018 Exhibition season, beginning with their August match against the USA Rugby Collegiate All-Americans. His performance during the Fall has led to his signing a Raptors contract for the 2019 MLR season as a loose forward.