Harper, who was from Ontario (Calif.) Colony, signed with Arizona in February of 2012 as part of Rich Rodriguez's first class. But after spending his freshman year in Tucson, has decided to return to Southern California.
"I had to come back due to some family issues," said Harper.
Harper got his full release from Arizona, and he said that the Arizona football program was gracious in hearing about his departure.
"Arizona supported everything and released me to every school, including all of the Pac-12," said Harper.
"I am so thankful to Coach Rodriguez and Arizona for making it easy on me and not restricting me from any Pac-12 schools or schools close to home," said Harper.
Harper is now hoping to find a new school and program to accomodate him. He said once he chooses a school, he will pursue options to get a hardship waiver.
He spent Saturday morning at UCLA, a program that offered him before he signed with the Wildcats. Current UCLA secondary coach Demetrice Martin and Harper have a longstanding history. When he was an assistant at Washington, Martin recruited him, and Harper had committed to Washington. When Martin left for UCLA, Harper decommitted from the Huskies before ultimately choosing Arizona.
"I was at UCLA today," said Harper. "UCLA is a definite option for me. I won't go to a JC. Since I've been back, a lot of schools have contacted me from all over. But I'm really looking at California schools, San Diego State, UCLA and Fresno State.
Harper redshirted the 2012 season at Arizona and he has no timetable on choosing his next school.