What would you reccomend?
OK, I have one student who just received RA acceptance letter from Harvard this year. I have been working as a private college consultant for 3 years (mostly for my SAT students), and I do notice that Harvard has this odd preference for perfect SAT score. So seriously, 2400 SAT + good application (especially the personal statement) are what Harvard admission officers value the most.
They do offer exceptions for athletes that is why their AVERAGE (because some students have VERY LOW SAT score, but they have special backgrounds) SAT is even lower than Yale.