A couple of friends who graduated from USNA have offered to write letters of recommendation on behalf of my son. Do candidates often get such letters added to their admission file? Do they help in any way? Is there any downside in having our friends send such letters, presuming they really know my son and can vouch for his positive personal qualities? There is an old saying in the private school world..."the thicker the file the thicker the kid." I want to make sure these wouldn't be perceived as desperation or a source of irritation to the admissions committee. Thanks for any expereince or input on this topic.