In the article:
"It started off with a phone call," Sibley said of the day his recruitment went from over to open. "The conversation suggested that it was 100-percent in my best interest to look around and visit some other places. It was huge blow to me and my confidence as a player, because at that moment I felt like I wasn't good enough."
Sibley is not perceiving this as just delaying his scholarship.
If you think Sibley is not being truthful or misinterpreted the conversation he had stop right here.
Otherwise, consider what he said light of this: ( http://www.cleveland.com/osu/index.ssf/2016/05/ohio_state_football_recruiting_8.html#incart_river_index )
"Sometimes you have to offer a guy early (who is) out of state to get in the game," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. "I leave more up to the position coaches who understand that area. If you want to get in the game, sometimes you have to do that. I won't say it's positive or negative.
"But in-state you've just gotta be very cautious. Because when that offer goes out, you can't pull it. You're in it. Out of state, if you offer a guy, and he has a bunch of other offers, than you can just kind of move on. In Ohio, you have to be very careful."
A much less favorable interpretation of the gray-shirt offer is not that hard to put together.