Ravell Call, Deseret News archives
Coach Bronco Mendenhall watches during Brigham Young University football practice in Provo, Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

BYU's recruiting base is growing as a result of going independent, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports.

"The Cougars continue to recruit nationally with an emphasis on their home state and the rest of the West," writes Steve Megargee. "And they're naturally targeting top players who also belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That's the same formula BYU followed as a member of the Mountain West Conference. But the switch certainly has widened BYU's pool of potential targets, particularly among non-LDS recruits. That's becoming more and more noticeable to BYU's coaches as they prepare for their second season as an independent."

Phil Steele previews BYU's upcoming season. Steele has the Cougars ranked No. 35 in the preseason.

BYU faces Washington State in the season-opener on Thursday, Aug. 30. Cougfan.com remembers the last time BYU and WSU met in the season-opener — in Provo in 1989.