John Salcedo’s best lacrosse is still ahead of him.

And that’s saying something.

After all, the sophomore at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, N.J., has already accomplished a lot playing the sport despite his young age.

But there’s more to come. Plenty more.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound midfielder, who performed well at the Maverik Showtime National Lacrosse Recruiting Spotlight this past summer, has a tremendous upside — and three more varsity seasons before moving on to the Division I level.

Salcedo, a midfielder who excels in the faceoff X, verbally committed last week to Bucknell, a decision first reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Salcedo, a righty, is Bucknell’s second 2016 tristate commit, joining defenseman Jack Gelinas of Bronxville (N.Y.). You can watch Salcedo’s highlight reel here.

recruiting_updateNow, here’s a Q&A with John on his commitment.

What were the main factors in your decision?
Bucknell University is the perfect institution for me to thrive as a student-athlete with a highly touted academic background and elite lacrosse. Also, talking to some of the current players, they spoke very highly of the university and genuinely love it there.

What other schools did you consider?
UPenn, Harvard, Holy Cross and Lafayette.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths include my athletic ability, field vision and lacrosse IQ.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I must improve my stick skills and just play more lacrosse.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I got introduced to lacrosse in first grade by Mr. Garavente and Mavericks Lacrosse. I have played football and baseball, but I continue to play basketball for CBA.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for Team United run by Directors Ric Beardsley and Steve Carcaterra.

I participated in Maverik Showtime National Lacrosse Recruiting Spotlight as well as Jake Reed’s Nike Blue Chip.

Any final thoughts?
I’d like to thank my mom, dad, and two younger sisters for supporting me and allowing me to accomplish my dream.

Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to thank Coach Ric, Coach Carc, and the rest of the United family for all the help and continuing to be the best in the business.

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