Education: The Campus Scramble to Recruit

Colleges chase stars while a lot of good students go begging

The phone has been ringing off the hook at Kayode Owens' house in Teaneck, , N.J. Owens, 17, a black football star and high school senior with strong SAT scores (1,320 out of a possible 1,600), has told his mother to let it ring. Representatives of Cornell, Columbia, Swarthmore, Yale, Brown, Bowdoin and Harvard -- all of which have accepted him for next fall -- have been urging him to come. Bowdoin flew him to Brunswick, Me., gratis, for a two-day love feast for minority prospects, complete with a dance at the Afro-American house and a coq au vin dinner at...

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