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‘A kid that always smiled': Morgan State University football player dies in motorcycle crash

Jordan Cofield, 20, died in a motorcycle accident in Baltimore County on Saturday. He was a rising junior at Morgan State University where he played football and track.
Jordan Cofield, 20, died in a motorcycle accident in Baltimore County on Saturday. He was a rising junior at Morgan State University where he played football and track. (courtesy: Chere M. Goode/courtesy: Chere M. Goode)

A 20-year-old Morgan State University football player who died Saturday night in a motorcycle crash in Baltimore County was a Baltimore native entering his junior year of college.

Jordan Cofield died after his motorcycle crashed into a guardrail on Interstate 795, according his mother Chere M. Goode.

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Cofield had just moved into his own apartment two weeks ago, she wrote in a post. She said she last saw her youngest son the morning before he died.

“My heart is extremely heavy and my soul is crushed,” Goode wrote. “He had such a promising future ahead of him. Such a huge loss.”

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Goode described her son as “wonderful” and an “amazing athlete.” She also said he was a “charmer” who had an unforgettable smile.

“He was a go-getter,” Goode said in an interview Sunday night with The Baltimore Sun. “Whatever he set out to do, he got it done.”

Cofield adored his Havanese dog, Louie, and always made sure to dress in style, his mom said. He always wanted to wear fancy shoes and his favorite designer was Gucci — he coveted a jacket and belt from the designer.

She said her son dreamed of becoming an NFL player and was a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan.

“He would always say, ‘Ma, I’m going to make it to the NFL,‘” Goode said. “He proved that to be totally true. Football was his world.”

New Town's Jordan Cofield, center, outsprints Century's Jalen Stanton, left, and Oakland Mill's Cameron Vereen during the state championships in February 2018 at Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.
New Town's Jordan Cofield, center, outsprints Century's Jalen Stanton, left, and Oakland Mill's Cameron Vereen during the state championships in February 2018 at Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

As a sophomore in 2019, Cofield was a wide receiver and kick returner who played in 11 games for Morgan State and was set to return in 2020 before the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference postponed fall sports, according to Cofield’s profile on the university’s website. He ranked No. 2 in the MEAC in kick return average (20.4 yards) last season and had 10 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown.

He was also on the track team and pursuing a degree in business administration.

Taylor Ransome, a science teacher and basketball coach at New Town High School, Cofield’s former school in Owings Mills, said Cofield was a popular kid who went out of his way to get others involved.

Pictured in a file photo, New Town wide receiver Jordan Cofield picks up yardage.
Pictured in a file photo, New Town wide receiver Jordan Cofield picks up yardage. (Algerina Perna)

“He was the coolest kid at our school,” Ransome said. “But he made other people feel just as cool, if not cooler than he was.”

Ransome, 33, immediately noticed Cofield’s confident and respectful demeanor when he met him seven years ago.

Ransome said he would help his teammates with their schoolwork in study hall and always prioritize his studies over everything else.

“He really was just like a grown man in a child’s body the way he acted,” Ransome said.

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Tyrone Wheatley, the Morgan State coach, echoed that sentiment, writing on Twitter that Cofield “was a tremendous STUDENT-Athlete, great teammate and will be missed by all.”

Mike Savage, who coaches New Town football, said Cofield ran so fast, he could be an Olympic star. During high school, he would set records just to break them himself a year later.

“Everything he did, he overdid,” Savage said.

New Town Athletic Director Preston Waters said he hangs banners in the school gymnasium to honor truly exemplary students. Cofield is one of fewer than 10 students to earn that recognition.

“Just so many other kids looked up to him,” Waters said. “There’s not enough adjectives to describe this kid.”

He said it’s been hard to comprehend the news of his death.

Jordan Cofield, 20, pictured with his mother, Chere M. Goode, died in a motorcycle accident in Baltimore County on Saturday. He was a rising junior at Morgan State University where he played football and track.
Jordan Cofield, 20, pictured with his mother, Chere M. Goode, died in a motorcycle accident in Baltimore County on Saturday. He was a rising junior at Morgan State University where he played football and track. (courtesy: Chere M. Goode/courtesy: Chere M. Goode)

In a news release Sunday morning, Maryland State Police said troopers arrived at the scene of a single-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on northbound I-795 before the Owings Mills Boulevard exit at 9:53 p.m.

The troopers found that a man had crashed his Yamaha R6 motorcycle into a guardrail after he lost control while traveling at a high rate of speed, officials wrote.

Cofield’s body was taken to the chief medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

His mother said Cofield just got the motorcycle a few days ago and was hanging out with friends Saturday night at an arcade when the group decided to head back to a friend’s house.

But when Cofield didn’t show up at the house, his friends drove back toward the arcade and found police already responding to the accident, his mom said.

“He’s known these guys since he was 8 years old. He called them his brothers,” his mom said. “I know he died happy and that’s comforting to me.”

“He was a go-getter,” Chere M. Goode said of her son Jordan. “Whatever he set out to do, he got it done.”
“He was a go-getter,” Chere M. Goode said of her son Jordan. “Whatever he set out to do, he got it done.” (HANDOUT)

Morgan State University officials wrote in a statement that Cofield “excelled off the field maintaining a 3.26 GPA which earned him recognition on the Dean’s List and the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

“On behalf of the entire Morgan State University community and the Department of Athletics we are heartbroken at the loss of Jordan,” said MSU Athletic Director Edward Scott. “This is a very difficult loss for the Bear family and we are extremely saddened. Jordan was an outstanding young man who touched lives of many and will be greatly missed.”

The university is offering counseling to those affected by his death at the University Counseling Center, which can be reached by calling 443-885-3130.

The campus already was reeling after the death of another Morgan State student earlier this month. Joseph Graham, 20, was killed when a gas explosion leveled a Northwest Baltimore rowhome while he slept inside.

Ian McBorrough, a former middle linebacker for Morgan State who played with Cofield, wrote on Twitter on Sunday: “Morgan State football family is heartbroken after this [loss] of another brother.”

The family is holding a viewing at Wylie Funeral Home on Friday and the funeral on Saturday.

Baltimore Sun reporter McKenna Oxenden contributed to this article.

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