Smith coached Aumiller's brother at Boyle and has known him since he was a "snotty-nosed kid" coming to Boyle game. However, midway of last summer, Aumiller didn't have a scholarship offer. That's when Smith told Aumiller and Boyle coaches that Aumiller needed to come to UK's camp and prove he deserved a scholarship offer.
Smith had seen Kentucky coach Rich Brooks offer scholarships to other players who performed well at summer camp and knew that would be the best way for Aumiller to answer any questions about his speed and athletic ability.
"Jordan came and had a really good day," Smith said. "He didn't have the offer when he came, but he ran well, made a lot of good plays and really stood out. Our guys evaluated him and it didn't take long for us to offer him."
It didn't take long for Aumiller to accept, either. Naturally, that's what Smith expected. "I will be real disappointed if any Boyle kid does not jump on the boat right away. I really didn't know what to expect when we offered Jordan because some kids like to wait," Smith said. "But with what Jacob Tamme did at Kentucky and the way he represented Boyle County, all those Boyle kids look up to him. Most of them dream of following his footsteps."
Smith still believes Kentucky got a solid player in Aumiller, who will grayshirt and not officially join the team until January 2010. He'll have 5-1/2 years to complete four years of eligibility.
"I really like his potential. He's long and lanky with that tall frame. He'll easily be able to put on weight and muscle," Smith said. "He could potentially contribute on either side of the ball. "He has great ball skills. He runs pretty good. He could help on offense because of that, but he also has good instincts on defense. The versatility he brings is really intriguing to us, and I don't think he cares where he plays."