VIDEO: Riordan Prep Star Jamarian Caston making Bay Area Proud!

caston2Humble, smart, and motivated. Those are three words that describe Riordan High School (San Francisco) junior prep star FB/LB Jamarian Caston. A small-town kid from the same hometown as San Francisco 49ers ILB Patrick Willis, it’s no wonder Caston’s favorite NFL player is No. 52.

“First of all he came to Ole Miss. A guy from my hometown and he know how to hit,” Caston told me. “And he’s very humble. You don’t see him get in any kind of trouble.”

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Caston who’s birthday is right around the corner as he turns 17 on Jan. 20 added, “To have lunch with Patrick Willis, that would be a dream come true.” (Watch this hit below)

However, it’s Caston’s on-field performance that has been garnering headlines. Caston who is already being recruited by numerous Pac-12, Mountain West, and Big 12 schools is making a name for himself in the Bay Area. In fact, Baylor, Houston, Rice, SMU, TCU, Texas, SDSU, USC, and Houston have all reached out to the 6-0, 205 pound linebacker.


And while those schools are on his list, the chance to play for new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh would be “amazing.”

Caston who has followed the 49ers since he can remember, loves watching the 49ers play because of their stingy, stout, and aggressive defense.

But would coach Harbaugh like Caston? I believe he would.

I asked Caston what he felt was the best part of his game and he said, “I’ve been playing football since I was five. So I would say my knowledge of the game. A good football player learns also off the field.” Caston added, “You give me a helmet and some shoulder pads and boy I can go crazy!”

You think Coach Harbaugh would like that? Of course he would. The blood that would be coursing through his veins as he hears that type of enthusiasm from his “football player” shows “enthusiasm unknown to mankind.”

Caston, who was hand selected for the Under-17 US. National Team as a sophomore last year, is no stranger to big games as he was named the runner-up MVP against the Canadian All-Stars.

A game that saw Caston display violent hits with his read-and-react style of play, it’s no surprise he racked up a team-high 15 tackles and two pass break-ups. A relentless sideline-to-sideline motor with the football savvy to match, Caston should have no problem having an encore performance this time around.

Caston remembers his grandfather being on his death bed when he told Caston that one day he would play in the NFL. “I’m going to keep that promise. I have to keep that promise,” Caston said. “I’m going to the NFL.”

Ryan is the Founder/CEO of, 49ers Beat Writer, Live Game Day Correspondent for Bleacher Report and member of Pro Football Writers of America. Born and raised in San Jose, he also graduated from San Diego State University. His work has been featured on NFL Network, 95.7 The Game, National Football Post, Sports Illustrated, FanSided Network, ESPN Radio, CBS Sports 810, and NBC Bay Area News. For more information, please contact him via email at or call him at (408) 622-0996.