What does Miami Hurricanes’ depth chart look like through three 2018 spring practices?

Freshman Brian Hightower catches a pass during Saturday’s early drills, in front of receivers coach Ron Dugans (left). (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

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CORAL GABLES — Quick hits from the 20-minute media viewing portion of Saturday’s practice, the third of the spring:

* The Hurricanes worked out in shoulder pads for the first time this spring.

* Miami ran through some special teams drills this morning. Sophomores Jeff Thomas and DeeJay Dallas saw reps in the return game. UM is looking for a punt returner to replace graduated starter Braxton Berrios.

* A host of recruits attended practice for a junior day event. We’ll keep on top of any commitment news, or anything else of impact. Some of the top uncommitted prospects planning to attend, according to 247Sports: five-star receiver Frank Ladson (Homestead-South Dade), a former UF commit; four-star defensive end Kevin Harris (Loganville, Ga.), 6-foot-7 offensive tackle Evan Neal (Bradenton-IMG Academy), tight end Keon Zipperer (Lakeland High), defensive end Lloyd Summeral (Auburndale High) and offensive guard Dontae Lucas, a Miami native who attends IMG.

* Another notable visitor: Phil Savage, executive director of the Senior Bowl. UM seniors to watch include safeties Jaquan Johnson and Sheldrick Redwine, cornerback Michael Jackson, defensive tackle Gerald Willis, offensive tackle Tyree St. Louis, center/guard Tyler Gauthier and quarterback Malik Rosier.

* The offensive depth chart remains the same, three practices in:

QB: Rosier-Perry-Weldon-Williams
RB: Homer-Dallas-Lingard-Burns-Gray (reps at fullback, along with Burns and walk-on Michael Parrott; signee Realus George arrives in May)
WR: Harris-Cager-Langham-Thomas in the first group, generally; Harley, Hightower, Wiggins in the second; Richards (limited after Nov. knee surgery), Njoku (wasn’t spotted Thursday or Saturday; will try to get clarity on his status).
TE: Irvin-Polendey (and walk-on Nicholas Ducheine, wearing No. 46)
OL1 (left to right): St. Louis-Jones-Gauthier-Donaldson-Brown
OL2: Herbert-Mahoney-Gaynor-Scaife-Hillery
OL3: Campbell, Milo, Dykstra. Still haven’t seen Tre Johnson out there. A UM spokesperson didn’t have an immediate answer when asked why Johnson has not been present for the media viewing period the first three days.

* The defense is a little harder to get a handle on, since UM works the opposite side of the field from where the media is stationed, and on Saturday, a gaggle of recruits and their chaperones blocked much of our view. This is what we believe it looks like, as of now:

DE: J. Jackson-Garvin-D. Jackson (limited after Nov.  knee surgery)-Patchan/Rousseau-McCray
DT: Willis-Ford-Bethel-Martin
SLB: McCloud-Wilder-D. Smith-Finley (Perry: limited after Nov. knee surgery)
MLB: Quarterman-Smith-Jennings
WLB: Pinckney-Steed
S1: Johnson-Redwine
S2: Carter-Knowles-Hall
CB1: M. Jackson-Bandy
CB2: Dean-Frierson-Ivey

P: Feagles
K: [shrug emoji] signee Bubba Baxa arrives this summer.

SPRING FOOTBALL  2018 

[Porter’s Day 2 recap, video chat]
[Watch N’Kosi Perry, Miami QBs throw at practice]
[Jackson hoping to prove he’s no one-hit wonder]
[DL believes it still has talent to excel]

[Rosier: If UM isn’t ‘dominating ACC, something’s wrong]
[Perry stepping up as a leader, teammate says]
[Lingard a ‘freak,’ two other freshmen stand out]
[Early observations from Miami practice]
[10 important storylines to follow]