Healdsburg’s Spillane will play at Yale

By PHIL BARBER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Lost in the excitement of Wednesday’s signing-day buzz: Matt Spillane, a two-way star from Healdsburg and a top-notch student, is heading to Yale to play football.
“They really like him,” Healdsburg coach Tom Kirkpatrick said. “He can play all over the place there.”
Spillane (6-foot-5, 210-pounds) was an all-Sonoma County League pick as a defensive end, where he ranked second on the Greyhounds with eight sacks, and he also caught 10 passes for 157 yards at tight end. Yale doesn’t offer athletic scholarships, but is working with Spillane to find grant money. As far as Kirkpatrick can remember, this is the first time one of his players has been recruited to play in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs have a good program, too; they finished 7-3 last season.
The only problem is figuring out where Spillane will line up.
“The coach there (Tom Williams) says they’re fighting over him,” Kirkpatrick said. “The offensive coach wants him to play tight end, and the defensive coach wants him to play defensive end.”