You are correct in that it was 3 players total. Urban's first class (Noah Spence's class) would have had three more players if we were able to keep 85 scholarships. Then the rest of his classes would have been the same, i.e. only taking as many players as we have graduating/leaving.
However, I would argue that the scholarship reduction does have some sort of impact, especially this year more than the previous years because those three extra players would now be true juniors and/or redshirt sophomores and this teams could use some of those older, more experienced guys. BUT, on the other side of the coin, I also don't think that's they only reason (or even one of the most significant reasons) why we are in the position we are in.