a few thoughts. one, this isn't "late in the game". there is still more than half a year until signing day, and sibley is obviously landing at a great spot even closer to home in pitt. two, this is a much classier way to go than the saban-type methods of taking all the recruits you want despite numbers then forcing out guys that have already given years to the program, or the harbaugh-type methods of yanking a kid's offer just weeks before signing day.
it sucks, but given the numbers crunch, this is by far the best way for all parties involved to proceed.